Who is Tedria Fluellen? Teacher's aide had sex with 'intellectually disabled' teen in Texas school closet
The 51-year-old Tedria Fluellen admitted to her crime in 2019 saying she began a sexual relationship with the boy after they met at a high school in Texas
HOUSTON, TEXAS: A school teacher's aide has been slapped with a jail time of 14 years after having sex with an intellectually disabled teen in a school closet. The 51-year-old, known as Tedria Fluellen, admitted to her crime in 2019 saying she began a sexual relationship with the boy after they met at a high school in Texas.
The grandmother of the teen (unnamed) reported the abuse after seeing sexually explicit messages on his phone. According to an abc13 report, the boy's aunt also added that she "took advantage of her nephew". The aunt said: "She would have my mom drop him off at school early in the morning saying that he was going to help her out when she would take him to the closet."
Who is Tedria Fluellen?
Fluellen worked as the aide of a former high school teacher and had her own version of the story to tell, Talking to investigators, the aide said she told the victim that "this is not the lifestyle" after another student reportedly tried to "turn him out," according to KHOU. She also added the teen had started calling her "momma". Fluellen dismissed the sexually explicit messages that she sent to the boy as a mistake and that it was intended for her boyfriend.
The report also highlighted an incident. The victim told investigators that she assaulted him while his grandmother had gone out of town. Fluellen "fixed his cousin a drink with champagne and told the [victim] 'it's going to knock him out'," according to court records. The drink was supposed to have been a mix of Sprite, Coca-Cola, champagne and some medication, according to the teen.
She also remarked that she "stalled" prior to having sex with the victim in the storage unit. According to the teen, the duo had sex four times in different locations that included the parking lot of the school, his home and the teacher's home. The abuse allegedly started at her house when he was invited to help her out with various tasks.
He also said that Fluellen told him, "You don't have to be gay." According to the boy's family, he had a learning disability and was in special education programs at Worthing High School in Houston.
"He does like boys," the boy's aunt said. "He's expressed that to us. So, she said that she was doing it trying to convince him not to like boys." They also expressed their unhappiness that 14 years was not a long enough sentence. "Fourteen years is not enough for what he has to deal with for the rest of his life," the family said.