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Teacher's Assistant Allegedly Sexually Assaults Underage Student; Tells Him, 'You Don't Have to Be Gay'

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Friday December 6, 2019

A Houston, Texas teacher's assistant is accused of having sex with a student when he was still 16 and underage reports local newspaper the Houston Chronicle.

Media accounts also said that the 51-year-old woman told the teen, "You don't have to be gay" prior to their first sexual encounter. No verification was provided as to the teen's actual sexual orientation.

The Chronicle reported that Court records contained claims that Tedria Fluellen:

...allegedly coerced a male student into sexual relations, including at least once in the school's parking lot, according to court records filed by the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

Media accounts noted that Fluellen and the purported victim knew each other not just from school, but also from church. Accounts also said that Fluellen had sexual relations with the teen on at least four occasions, and in places that included the school's parking lot, Fluellen's home, the student's home, and a storage unit leased by Fluellen.

The New York Post reported on the story, noting that Fluellen admitted to having oral sex with the teen, but denying that they had had other forms of intercourse. The Post also reported that Fluellen is accused of having given the teen a cell phone, to which she sent sexually explicit messages.

The situation continued for more than a year, finally coming to light when the teen's grandmother - whose suspicions had been aroused - checked his cell phone and found the explicit messages.

Accounts said that the episodes of sexual abuse commenced in 2018 when the student was still a year younger than the legal age of consent in Texas. According to a story at Metro, Fluellen told the authorities that the youth called her "Momma," and had confided that another male student was trying to "turn him out," slang for attempting to seduce him.

The teen reportedly told authorities that he used to do various small odd jobs for Fluellen.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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