A McLoughlin Middle School paraeducator pleaded innocent this week to having sex with a 15-year-old student and sending him nude photos of herself.
Two other male students, ages 14 and 15, also reported having a similar relationships with Megan Deleon, 25, of Pasco.
The first teen told a Franklin County sheriff’s deputy that his relationship with Deleon started when she messaged him via the social media messaging app Snapchat, according to court documents.
Eventually, the boy told investigators that Deleon sent him several nude photos on Snapchat and invited him to her apartment, where they had sex at least twice, said the documents.
The teachers aide allegedly admitted to a detective she sent seven nude photographs to the student and that he visited her apartment twice but she denied having sex with him.
She is charged in Franklin County District Court with communication with a minor for immoral purposes and third-degree child rape.
She posted bond on her $2,500 bail and has been released from jail.
Deleon was a paraeducator in the teen’s class at the west Pasco middle school. Paraeducators help teachers in their classrooms or help students with specific subjects.
The Pasco School District placed Deleon on paid administrative leave after she was arrested on Friday and officials referred all questions about the investigation to the sheriff’s department. Deleon had been working for the district only since November and her temporary contract was set to expire at the end of the school year, June 30.
None of the Tri-City school districts prohibit teachers and other staff from communicating with students via social media and they even note that educators need to be able to reach students outside the classroom at times.
However, district policies do forbid inappropriate relationships with students that violate professional educational standards or the law or any use of social media that may disrupt learning or the classroom.