Crosbyton CISD employee arrested, charged with improper relationship with student

Crosbyton CISD employee arrested, charged with improper relationship with student
Zailly Almaraz has been charged with improper relationship with a student at Crosbyton CISD. She was an administrative assistant. (Source: Crosby County Sheriff's Office)

CROSBYTON, Texas (KCBD) - An employee with Crosbyton Consolidated Independent School District was arrested and booked into the Crosby County Jail, charged with having an improper relationship with a student.

Texas DPS says 30-year-old Zailly Almaraz was taken into custody Friday after turning herself in to the Crosby County Sheriff’s Office. She bonded out the same day.

Her arrest came the same day as an arrest warrant was issued. The charge, improper relationship between educator and student, can carry a punishment of up to 20 years in prison.

Officials say she resigned from her position at the school district earlier last week.

The Texas Rangers are leading the investigation in this case.

Crosbyton ISD released this statement on Monday afternoon:

As the designated spokesperson and superintendent for the Crosbyton Consolidate Independent School District, I am issuing the following statement:

On February 3, 2020, it was reported to the Crosbyton CISD Administration that a District employee was allegedly engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a District student. Immediately upon receiving this report, the District began an investigation and promptly informed local and state law enforcement of the allegations. Following an investigation into the matter, the employee resigned from the District effective February 4, 2020.

The District has further reported this alleged misconduct to the Texas Education Agency, and it will continue to cooperate with all of these agencies as needed to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Student safety and proper professional relationships between staff and students is a top priority to Crosbyton CISD. The District’s policies concerning improper personal relationships between staff and students are strictly enforced. Employees receive regular training and warnings regarding proper professional relationships with students. Violations of these District policies are not tolerated. The administration encourages anyone with information of a suspected improper relationship between a staff member and a student to immediately contact the Superintendent’s office or the Crosbyton Police Department or other law enforcement.

This remains an on-going law enforcement matter and state and federal law prohibit the District from disclosing personally identifiable student information, as well as confidential personnel information. Therefore, the District cannot comment further on this matter.

Please be assured that the District has taken steps to keep students safe and I am grateful for the prompt response, assistance, and cooperation of our local and state law enforcement agencies.

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