Texas substitute teacher accused of sexually assaulting, filming sleeping student

A substitute teacher at Houston-area school district is accused of giving a student alcohol and sexually assaulting the teen while he slept.

Manuel Gamboa

Manuel Gamboa, 35, was a substitute at Dekaney High School in Spring ISD. He was arrested Thursday and has been charged with sexual assault and improper relationship with a student.

The student said that Gamboa offered him beer in June 2017 and told him he could spend the night at Gamboa’s apartment so that the high-schooler’s parents would not know he had been drinking. He said Gamboa gave him clothes to change into after a shower before going to sleep in the living room, according to a criminal complaint.

The student said he woke up the next morning to Gamboa lying next to him on the sofa bed. When he began to get off the bed, Gamboa reportedly slapped him on the buttocks. The student said he got scared and rushed to the bathroom and felt discomfort when he urinated, the court documents stated.

He borrowed Gamboa’s phone to call his mother and while using it discovered 10 videos of Gamboa performing oral sex on him while he slept, the complaint stated.

The student said he had no memory of what had occurred in the videos and deleted the files before calling his father. He was taken to an area hospital for a sexual assault examination.

In a written statement provided to KHOU-TV, Spring ISD said Gamboa was removed from the district’s substitute pool immediately after it learned of the accusations.

"The safety of our students is our highest priority," the district said. "The criminal history and references of job applicants, including those who apply to serve as substitutes, are routinely checked before they are hired."

Gamboa is being held at the Harris County jail in lieu of $80,000 bail.

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