(HOUSTON) — A counselor at Aldine’s MacArthur High School is on paid administrative leave after being charged with having sex with a student.

Court documents say Ellen Wermeling and a 12th-grade student used Instagram to arrange a night together at her house where they had sex.

The student says he engaged in sex with Wermeling two more times after that at her home.

Wermeling denies it happened, but court documents show she closed her Instagram account on the day she was confronted with the charges.   The Aldine Independent School district says they are cooperating with police and the safety of its students is a top priority.

Here is the district’s statement:

Aldine ISD has been made aware of a MacArthur High School staff member being charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a MacArthur student. The district takes this allegation seriously and is fully cooperating with authorities. The Aldine ISD Police Department launched an investigation and once it was completed turned over its findings to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. The staff member was removed from the campus once the district learned of the allegation and will not be returning. The safety and security of our students will continue to be a top priority in Aldine ISD.

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