Marka Bodine Wiki – Marka Bodine Bio
Marka Bodine is a former Texas middle school teacher facing a felony charge for continuous sexual abuse of a child. Police say the inappropriate relationship went on for as long as three years, according to KRIV-TV.
Tomball Police Chief confirmed with Heavy that an investigation was launched after a former Tomball Intermediate School student called the police on April 12. Bodine was arrested on April 17 and booked into the Harris County Jail. She posted bond and was released, according to court records on the Harris County District Clerk website.
She is 31 years old.
Marka Bodine Sexually Abusing Student
The Tomball Police Department explained in a news release that on April 12, the department received a call from a student who used to attend Tomball Intermediate School. The school educates 5th and 6th-grade students and is part of the Tomball Independent School District.
The student reported an “inappropriate sexual relationship with a teacher.” Chief of Police Jeff Bert further explained to KRIV-TV that the male student who called was the alleged victim.
Bert told the TV station that physical evidence, including social media posts and text messages, suggests the relationship lasted for as long as three years.
“It does appear that this is one of those cases where grooming of the child was involved, in other words, getting the person to be feel trusted initially,” Bert said. “Our big concern from the police department right now is to ensure that we have all the evidence of this case, but to ensure that there are no other children involved.”
Bodine was arrested on April 17. Court records show the bond was set at $100,000. She made a bond on April 19 and was released from custody.
Records show a public defender represented Bodine. It was not immediately clear whether she planned to hire a different defense attorney.
Bodine is charged with “Continuous sexual abuse of a child,” which is an enhanced first-degree felony. This charge applies when the victim is younger than 14.
According to the Texas penal code, the possible punishment if convicted is steep: “An offense under this section is a felony of the first degree, punishable by imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for life, or any term of not more than 99 years or less than 25 years.”
Bodine Resigned From Job
The Tomball school district opened its investigation after the police started looking into Bodine and the allegation of sexual abuse. According to a prepared statement shared with KPRC-TV, the school placed Bodine on administrative leave.
Bodine then resigned. The school statement did not specify how quickly Bodine quit after the investigation was started or if district officials asked her to resign. The information determined that the child involved “does not currently attend Tomball ISD schools.”