The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office has agreed to recommend probation for a former Port Isabel High School coach and math teacher who pleaded guilty Monday to having an improper relationship with a student and to possessing child pornography, court records indicate.
Robert Walter Pensado, 43, pleaded guilty in the 445th state District Court to three counts of improper relationship with a student and to possession of child pornography.
In exchange for the guilty pleas, the DA’s Office is recommending probation and will file a motion to dismiss a charge of sexual assault and a charge of promoting, directing or producing the sexual performance of a child.
Pensado will also have to relinquish his teaching license and register as a sex offender for life.
The improper relationship with a student charges can carry a maximum prison sentence of 20 years with a minimum of two years while the child pornography charge can carry a maximum prison sentence of 10 with a minimum of two years.
The Precinct 1 Constable’s Office arrested Pensado last June.
After his arrest, Precinct 1 Constable Pete Delgadillo said the relationship between Pensado and the teenage student, who was enrolled in Port Isabel High School, began in January 2017 and lasted until May 2017.
Delgadillo said the girl’s mother filed a police report after learning Pensado gave her daughter a phone that he told the girl she should use to communicate with him.
Authorities accuse Pensado of taking the teenage to places, including Beach Access 6, to have sex.
Sentencing is scheduled for April 3.
This story has been updated to reflect the correct name of the school district in the headline.