ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police say she had an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old female student. Now, that New Mexico teacher is behind bars.
Officials say that Mora County physical education teacher and coach has now resigned.
State police say 25-year-old Mandi-Ann Casados, a teacher and assistant softball coach at Mora public schools was having an intimate relationship with one of her female athletes.
According to a criminal complaint the 14-year-old player’s mom contacted police after she found more than 500 text messages on her daughter’s cell phone between her and Casados
Police say one of the texts Casados sent to the girl was a picture of her with a hickey on her neck. Others messages talked about the two being in love, kissing and almost getting caught.
The student told police she and Casados would kiss after softball practice by the dugout and that she had given her coach a hickey. The victim’s mom says she was worried about her daughter’s safety because she would often travel out of town with the softball team including Coach Casados.
“We are obligated to make sure that is an environment where the kids can go feel safe and it should definitely not be something that should be a concern,” Sgt. Elizabeth Armijo said.
Casados told police she and the teen were just friends and that they talked to each other about things they couldn’t tell anyone else. Casados is charged with one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
KRQE News 13 reached out to the Mora School District and have not heard back.