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2016-10-20

BHS teacher charged with improper relationship

By Steven James BCC Editor

Pictured: Jonathan Chemello


A former Bandera High School educator has been charged with improper relationship between an educator and a student.
Twenty-seven-year-old BHS science teacher and tennis coach Jonathan Chemello, who was arrested Oct. 13 by Bexar County law enforcement, is accused of having consensual sexual relations with a 17-year-old female student in his San Antonio home.
Chemello was released from Bexar County Adult Detention Center on a $20,000 bail, which he posted himself, according to the San Antonio Express-News. He has resigned from his former positions.
The Bandera County Sheriff’s Office received information from BHS that a teacher might have had inappropriate relations with a student, Bandera County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Matt King said. King said the Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant, and then Bexar County authorities arrested Chemello.
“Even though she’s an adult, the violation is improper relationship between a teacher and a student, under the Texas Penal Code,” King said. “We did have a student come forth, and confirm she did indeed have sexual relations with this teacher and coach at his San Antonio residence.”
The Sheriff’s Office is currently wrapping up the investigation, and then will refer to the city attorney, he said. After that, the following action would be to have Chemello stand trial before a Grand Jury, King said.
School officials have been discreet about telling the student’s personal information.
“Under federal law, school officials cannot provide information about students without parental consent unless a specific exception set out in the law permits disclosure of the information,” Bandera ISD Superintendent Regina Howell said in a statement on Monday. “I and the other administrators of Bandera Independent School District will handle all such situations in an appropriate and responsible manner, and in compliance with the law as we understand it."