A fugitive task force arrested a former curriculum director, the wife of a former West Texas school district superintendent, Monday in Decatur for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a high school student.
The alleged crime occurred in Midland County.
The Lonestar Fugitive Task Force, working with the U.S. Marshals and local police, arrested D’Laine Young, 46, of Decatur, for improper relationship between an educator and a student.
Mrs. Young was the curriculum director at Greenwood High School in Midland County when the crime allegedly occurred. Her husband, Doug Young, was superintendent.
The victim, who was a high school senior at the time, told investigators Mrs. Young called him to her office one day, “closed the door and began kissing him.”
Soon thereafter, Mrs. Young texted the student and asked him to meet her at a Luby’s parking lot in Midland. The pair then drove out to an isolated oilfield lease where they engaged in sexual activity, according to an arrest warrant affidavit issued out of Midland County on Sept. 19.
On another instance, after texting and calling all day, Mrs. Young picked up the student early the next morning from his parents’ house. They drove to another isolated oilfield site, where the couple had sex while a nearby pumpjack bobbed up and down in the darkness off Farm Road 307.
Phone records obtained by investigators validated parts of the victim’s story.
The former student didn’t report the alleged crime, which occurred more than two years ago, until this June.
The arrest of Mrs. Young comes several months after the Greenwood school board opted not to extend Mr. Young’s contract as superintendent of the district. The board made that decision in March. A month later, the board voted to not renew Mrs. Young’s position with the district either.
The district has since paid the couple a combined $195,000 as a part of a contract-separation agreement, according to the Midland Reporter-Telegram.
On April 6, the Pilot Point school board agreed to hire Mr. Young to be their next superintendent. However, one day later, Mr. Young declined the position, according to the Pilot Point Post-Signal.
An improper relationship between an educator and a student, even if the student is 18, is considered a second-degree felony in Texas, punishable by up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.
After being arrested, Mrs. Young was taken to Wise County Jail where she was held under $50,000 bond. She posted bail and was released Tuesday morning.