30-year-old Mark Steven West has been charged with having sex with a student at Spring High School, during the school’s prom night last spring.
The charges brought up against West are a second degree felony and he has pleaded not guilty posted his bond at $30,000. A lawyer representing West told the court that he believes his client is innocent
“I think that once the truth, what he’s facing and why he’s facing it, comes out … the charges will ultimately be dismissed.Speaking with his family, looking at his background as an educator, he is innocent,”
Investigation has been ongoing since last spring after Principal told detectives that West had made sexual remarks toward a student and that he possibly had committed a sexual act with a former student as well.No charges were able to filed on West due to a lacking of evidence. As far as the Prom charges, the incident occurred on May 12th when a student had been helping to get the event and upcoming graduation together was flirting with West said a witness who is also a student; told police and the court record. She said the girl told West that
“she was horny, and wanted to have sex with him,”
and after initally protesting the girls persistance he told her to meet him in his office were the sexual acts took place. After the school had been aware of the events they released a letter to parents to inform them and said the school
“wants to assure that the safety of our students is of the highest importance at Spring High School. The criminal history and references of job applicants are routinely checked before they are hired.”