La Joya teacher arrested on improper student relationship charge

MISSION — A Juarez-Lincoln High School teacher was placed on administrative leave Friday following her arrest Thursday night after police caught a teenage student in the backseat of her car.

Adriana Solis, 23, was arrested on a second-degree felony charge of improper relationship between educator and student, and remained in the custody of the county jail on a $50,000 cash bond as of Friday evening.

A Mission police officer discovered Solis’ car parked at Hollis Rutledge Park at 10:46 p.m. Thursday, and upon approaching saw Solis jump from the back to the front seat, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The officer could see a male, who later identified himself as a 17-year-old student of Solis’, in the backseat trying to put on his pants, the affidavit stated.

Solis was identified in the affidavit as an art teacher and soccer coach at La Joya Independent School District’s Juarez-Lincoln High School.

The district released a statement Friday acknowledging that one of its employees was under investigation by the Mission Police Department and had been placed on leave.

“We intend to cooperate with any and all investigative agencies regarding this incident as we continue to strive to provide a safe learning environment for all,” the statement read.

When police questioned the student at the police department, he told an investigator “he had been dating/talking to the defendant (Solis) for about two or three weeks now,” according to the affidavit, and said he had previously gone to the Mission Hike and Bike Trails with the teacher.

The student alleged that while nothing physical transpired between them during the prior incident, they sat in the back seat of his car this time and “were kissing and doing other stuff” while he was in his underwear and Solis was fully clothed.

When questioned by the investigator, Solis gave a similar story and “stated she knew what she had done was wrong,” according to the affidavit.

If convicted of the charge, she could face up to 20 years in prison.