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New Haven teacher accused of having sexual relationship with student

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Kirvana Jones. (New Haven police/WFSB photos) Kirvana Jones. (New Haven police/WFSB photos)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

A teacher in New Haven is accused of sexually abusing one of her own students.

Kirvana Jones, 24, faced a judge on Thursday.

Police said they arrested her on Wednesday.

Parents told Eyewitness News that they feel betrayed more than anything else. They said the allegations are hard to stomach.

Jones was already suspended by the district by the time she was arrested, police said.

She is a second-year math teacher at ESUMS, the Engineering and Science University Magnet School.

At first, the 16-year-old victim first denied it, but then said the two traded inappropriate photos, before allegedly having sex in Jones' New Haven apartment in December.

According to court documents, "The victim stated he sent a group text message to several friends. In the messaging he stated 'we finally had sex.' The victim stated those in the group message knew he was referring to Ms. Jones because he would talk about their relationship." 

Police said the alleged relationship started by texting, and then the victim said the two were "boyfriend and girlfriend."

Court documents also said "Prior to the sexual encounter, the victim stated his grades would be inflated due to his relationship with Jones...Ms. Jones would allow him to do whatever he wanted in class...however, two weeks after the incident, Ms. Jones would no longer allow him to do so."

Jones is a life-long New Haven resident who went through the public school system and earned a degree at the University of Hartford in 2014.

When searching her apartment, police said they found the same clothing she wore in photos that were sent to the teen.

"I've had many of these cases. The worst thing is in an allegation like this, it ruins your career, even when you're subsequently acquitted," said Attorney Diane Polan.

Police said they charged Jones with sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.

"That child might be traumatized or [have] some type of side effects that in the future will not be good for him," said superintendent Garth Harries in a statement.

Harries said Jones was suspended without pay.

"The New Haven Police Department officials apprised me earlier [Wednesday] that they have arrested the ESUMS teacher placed on administrative leave last week," Harries continued. "The warrant includes very serious allegations that hat, if true, break the fundamental trust and professional responsibility carried by every educator."

Jones was ordered to have no contact with the victim and is due back in court later this month.

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