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A teacher sex scandal has rocked Catalina Magnet High School. Students talk about their teacher, Thomas Saul, while school officials figure out what to do next as charges are pending.
"I just couldn't expect him to do something like that. He was a really cool guy. Everybody liked him," Freshman David Anaya was a student in Thomas Saul's world history class. The 31-year-old Catalina Magnet High School teacher was arrested Saturday night, accused of having sex with a 17-year-old female student.
"He was one of my favorite teachers. I think he was the best teacher I had. He taught us a lot. It seemed like he prepared me for college," says David.
According to Tucson Police, the alleged incident happened on school campus. Students can't believe the news. "I'm not sure. I can't see him doing anything like that," says David.
"The teacher is here to teach and has to be professional. I mean, even if the girl was coming on to him he should have kept it professional," says student Alan Garcia.
Investigators say the victim's mother learned of the apparent relationship between Saul and her daughter after finding a sexually explicit on-line conversation between the two.
Principal Rex Scott says school officials could still consider disciplinary action, "That's something that's still being discussed with people at the district level."
As it stands, Saul is not due back to work until after the summer break. Scott promises staff members will review what went wrong, "The lesson that we want to learn is is there anything we can take from this incident that helps us with making sure that students are safe and secure no matter when they're on campus."
Meanwhile the trust of Catalina students has been shaken. Anaya thinks teachers should be held to a high standards, "Just to be a good role model to all the students and just be a good person so everybody can look up to them and maybe want to be like him."
Saul was booked into jail on five counts of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of luring a minor for sexual exploitation.