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Former Permian High Teacher's First Trial Accused of Having Relationship with Student

Odessa, TX (Big 2 News) - It's been three and a half years of a controversy.
UPDATE: The former Permian teacher charged with two counts of improper relationship with a child was found not guilty of criminal charges on March 20, 2014.

Odessa, TX (Big 2 News) - It's been three and a half years of a controversy.

Robert Young, a former math teacher at Permian High School, is facing two counts of having an improper relationship with a student in 2010.

According to prosecutors at a court hearing in Odessa Tuesday, the former teacher violated "public, moral and personal trust" by engaging in a student-teacher relationship.

Charges Young challenges saying, "I am not guilty."

Prosecutors opened the trial saying young began tutoring the 18-year-old student which eventually led to an improper relationship.

During the trial, prosecutors say it included gifts, inappropriate text messages and Facebook messages.

According to defense attorneys, the whole case took place in a three to four week period. Two weeks before graduation on May 28th 2010.

Defense attorneys used words calling young an "impeccable math teacher" with an "impeccable record," adding the student was the one who initially pursued the relationship.

Two witnesses called to the stand were Buddy Hale, who was principal of Permian High during the summmer of 2010, and Scott Armstrong, who was a police officer for ecisd at the time of the incident.

During Hale's testimony, the question of whether the 18-year-old was still considered a student at the time of the incident.. seemed to be a conflict.

During Armstrong's testimony, he discussed receiving an anonymous phone call after graduation, a call that led to Young's arrest.

But this is just the beginning of this long awaited trial.


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