BELTON — Marcos Rene Garcia was indicted Wednesday by a Bell County grand jury on one count of an educator having an improper relationship with a student and one count of sexual assault.

Garcia, 27, is a former Salado junior high and high school teacher who resigned in February.

He offered his resignation after the parents of a 16-year-old female student came forward with allegations of an inappropriate relationship between Garcia and their daughter.

Garcia is accused of sending inappropriate text messages to the student and engaging in physically intimate behavior, according to court documents.

Garcia surrendered himself to authorities Feb. 19.

On Feb. 20, Judge Fancy Jezek of the 426th District Court set a $35,000 bond for Garcia.

The bond was paid with the assistance of a local bail bonding company.

Garcia has no prior convictions in Bell County.

Before he resigned, Garcia was a first-year math teacher who also coached football and power lifting.

The Texas Penal Code defines improper relationship between educator and student and sexual assault as second-degree felonies, which are punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

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