Police in Freeport, Texas say a high school teacher's illicit relationship with a student was brought to light after the teacher showed up at an after-prom party with tattered clothing and no shoes.
Nikki Scherwitz, 25, has been charged with sexual assault of a child and improper relationship between educator and student, WREG reported. She has also quit her position as 10th-grade English teacher at Brazosport High School, KTRK reported. It was her first year on the job.
Investigators say Scherwitz had been involved with the 16-year-old for several weeks.
"The relationship started with text messaging, which led to explicit text messaging, which led to the relationship," Officer Raymond Garivey told KTRK.
The investigation began after the teacher allegedly showed up at an after-prom party at another student's home on April 20, KHOU reported.
"She was wearing no shoes when she showed up . . . like a cut up, cut-off shirt and everything," a student told the station.
Garivey said that Scherwitz had been drinking, and one of the students at the party asked her to leave. She allegedly did leave -- with her alleged victim.
Scherwitz is married, but she and her husband had been separated before the alleged relationship began.
She is now out of jail on $50,000 bond.