Muleshoe teacher resigns, arrested on charges of inappropriate conduct with student

MULESHOE, TX (KCBD) - A now former Muleshoe ISD coach and reading teacher was arrested and charged with unlawful restraint of a minor. According to law enforcement, 28-year-old Stephanie Lowery took a minor across state lines. The FBI is involved in the case and there could be more charges against her.

The Muleshoe ISD Superintendent said Lowery resigned on July 2, 2018. She was then arrested on August 3 and bonded out of jail on the same day. The statement from the superintendent says the employee may have engaged in conduct involving a student that violated the code of ethics and perhaps the state law. She was "immediately" placed on administrative leave and an internal investigation was initiated. He also says she is no longer employed with the district.

According to the Texas Educator Agency, her teaching license is currently under review, but is still valid at this time.

The Muleshoe ISD Superintendent, Dr. R.L. Richards released the following statement:

Recently, the Muleshoe ISD Administration received information that a Muleshoe ISD employee may have engaged in conduct involving a District student that violated the District's educator code of ethics and, perhaps, state law.  Pursuant to the District's customary personnel practices, the employee was immediately placed on administrative leave, an internal investigation was initiated, and reports of the alleged actions were made to appropriate law enforcement authorities and the state's educator licensing agency.  Muleshoe ISD will cooperate with these state and local authorities to the fullest extent permitted by law, and will coordinate its own investigation with them.  The employee is no longer employed by the District.

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