Who is Marka Bodine? Teacher who had sex with student, 13, gets ONLY 60 days in prison
TOMBALL, TEXAS: A former junior high school teacher from Texas, who sexually abused her 13-year-old student for over three years, will now be given a short prison sentence of 60 days and 10 years of probation after she pled guilty to the charges on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, because she just gave birth. However, the prosecutors had hoped for a sentence of up to 40 years in prison.
Marka Bodine, 32, has been convicted for sexually abusing a boy who is a minor. Bodine met the boy while teaching English at Tomball Intermediate School in Texas. Bodine was married at the time she met the boy. According to court documents, the abuse went on for three years, with Bodine having sex with the boy in her classroom and in her car on several occasions. Following her divorce, she even moved into his apartment complex.
According to court documents, the inappropriate relationship was discovered in 2021 after Bodine informed the principal of Tomball Intermediate School that she was being harassed by a former student. Bodine informed the principal that the 13-year-old boy was threatening to harm himself and had access to her personal photographs as well as manipulated images of her.
According to investigators, a search of both Bodine's phone and the boy's phone revealed several messages and images exchanged between them. Some of the images were sexually explicit in nature. According to the affidavit, when questioned, the boy told investigators that Bodine befriended him during an online video game session and later began texting him.
The minor claimed that the two began exchanging explicit images and having sex shortly after he turned 13 years old. Their relationship lasted another three years. According to the affidavit, the boy told authorities that Bodine even moved into his apartment complex after her divorce and that the two had sex in her classroom and her car several times.
According to investigators, Bodine eventually confessed to having a sexual relationship with the former student and sending explicit images and videos.
The boy is now 16 years old and is not the father of Bodine's baby. According to the prosecutors, she must also register as a sex offender.
If you or anyone you know suspects child abuse, you are urged to immediately call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to www.childhelp.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential and the hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.