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Princeton teacher arrested for relationship with student

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PRINCETON, Texas - A teacher at Princeton High School was arrested Thursday for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Princeton ISD confirmed it is cooperating with the investigation into 30-year-old Saralyn Portwood. She was suspended from her position as a special education teacher and assistant softball coach.

Portwood is accused of being involved with a 17-year-old male student. He was a teacher’s aide and was not in her special education classes, the district said.

Portwood reportedly first told the student she thought he was handsome in January. The student said that in February, things escalated.

According to court documents, Portwood began “brushing against him” and touching him inappropriately. The student also said Portwood was contacting him via an app called Snapchat, and said that he did not want to be involved with her and told her so.

The district sent a letter a letter home to parents alerting them of the case.

“It's scary and you just hope it's not true,” said Princeton High parent Tina Cooper.

Portwood is currently free on a $10,000 bond.

She has only worked for the district for a year.

Portwood’s husband is a high school history teacher and assistant football coach. The couple has a young son.

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