UPDATE: Bail for the former Mexia teacher accused of human trafficking went up 1,000 percent.
Amber Parker is now held on a $250,000 bond.
The 37-year-old is accused of planning to take a young girl with her to Morocco to perform sex acts with at least two men.
On Thursday, the Mexia school superintendent suspended her soon after learning of the allegations.
Parker has since resigned.
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A Mexia ISD teacher who was accused of human trafficking handed in her resignation on Thursday morning.
The Freestone County Sheriff’s Office reports 37-year-old Amber Parker had been arrested on charges of Trafficking of Persons with a statement saying the arrest was connected with “conspiring to traffic a minor child to multiple male subjects online in Morocco.”
Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley said the investigation was conducted by Sgt Investigator Preston Cordova assisted by the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office Detective Joseph Scaramucci who has previous experience in working human trafficking cases.
Diwhaunne Clark grew up in Mexia and graduated from the district more than five years ago.
“It’s been going on in our town and we didn’t know,” Clark said. “I went to this school, my little brother goes to this school so it’s real horrific. I didn’t anything like that would come out of here and be that crazy you know?”
An arrest affidavit filed with Justice of the Peace Cinnamon Archibald stated that a witness had come forward wanting to report possible sex trafficking occurring in Freestone County.
Investigators learned December 26 that Amber Parker had gone to Morocco visiting a man she had met on Facebook and may have attempted to take a minor with her after communicating with another man about providing a minor for sexual activity.
The affidavit stated that on December 27, an investigator spoke with the victim who said that back on November 19, 2018 she had been at Parker’s residence where Parker was involved in a conversation with a man during which she sent a picture of the victim wearing lingerie.
The affidavit said another man joined the conversation who described what he would like to do with the victim.
The affidavit states that the victim said Parker began discussing the two men flying to the United States to visit and engage in sexual intercourse both with her and the victim.
During the conversation the affidavit says the men were trying to have both Parker and the victim travel to Casablanca to engage in sexual acts there.
The investigator said further sexually suggestive photographs were also sent.
The affidavit states that the investigators determined that Parker was taking the pictures and was telling the victim positions to be in, what to expose, and how to take the photographs in such a way as to keep the men interested in her.
Mexia ISD says Parker is suspended from the district but Clark still has concerns for his little brother.
“I just talked to him today and he was like- he couldn’t believe it himself,” Clark said. “He’s 13 and it’s mind boggling for him. It’s crazy and we don’t know how to handle things. We are just going through the motions.”
Clark says after talking to family, the community is keeping a closer eye out on their kids.
“Pray and watch out for your kids and just be there.”
After the arrest warrant was obtained, Parker was arrested Wednesday morning and booked into the Freestone County Jail.
Her bond was set at $25,000.
According to Mexia Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Lyle DuBus, Parker was in her third year at the Junior High and had taught 6th and 8th grade Reading/Language Arts. Dr. DuBus told FOX44 News that he suspended Parker Wednesday after learning of the allegations against her. He sent out the following letter to parents Thursday:
Yesterday afternoon Mexia ISD was notified of the arrest of a Junior High teacher on felony charges. The teacher has been placed on leave and will not be returning to the classroom.
Student safety is Mexia ISD’s number one priority. Any adult in our organization that endangers a child will not continue employment. As this is a personnel matter the District’s further response will be limited, but needless to say the District does not tolerate these behaviors.
Lyle DuBus, Ed.D.