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PHOENIX - A Valley elementary school teacher has been arrested and is accused of having sex with one of her students.
Rosanna Brown, 49, a teacher at Pastor Elementary School in south Phoenix is charged with having sex with a 14-year-old boy.
The teacher is now in jail. Investigators say she sent text messages to the boy from her cell phone posing as a teenage girl to lure him to a hotel, where they had sex.
There were awkward conversations between parents and their children on the walk home from school on Monday. Danica Kedekin, a parent, tells 3TV, "This is crazy.I don't send my kids to school to hear stuff like that."
The 1st through 8th-graders brought home letters from the principal explaining a 7th and 8th grade English teacher is in jail and is accused of sexually assaulting one of her students.
Alexis Melvin, a student at the school, explains, "She was very friendly with him.Very."
Brown's students say she allowed students to use cell phones in class. Melvin adds, "I see her text in class, but I don't know if she texted him."
Investigators say she used texts to lure the boy to the hotel on Saturday.
Mark Widmann, with the Roosevelt School District admits, "Any incident like this would be shocking." School officials call Brown a 28-year veteran with a good record. Widmann explains, "The teacher's been in the district since 1981, and there've been no other allegations."
Nevertheless just this one allegation is more than parents say their children should have to deal with. Letta Felder, another parent, says, "You just want your children to be kids for a while and not have to go to adult issues or conversations."
Now Pastor Elementary School parents are forced to have those conversations as many remain in disbelief. Kedekin admits, "You have so many predators out here, but you wouldn't think you'd have predators in school."
The school has put the teacher on paid leave. They will have extra counselors on hand on Tuesday for children.