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Edinburg teacher accused in rape of student

May 31, 2017 GMT

EDINBURG — A high school teacher here remains in county jail after he was accused of raping and engaging in a relationship with a student.

Francisco Badillo Coronado remained behind bars Tuesday afternoon, days after he was booked into the county jail in connection with allegations he raped a student.

Badillo, who was formally charged over the weekend with sexual assault, and improper relationship with a student, both second-degree felonies, remains jailed on a $100,000 bond, jail staff said.

A spokesperson for the Edinburg school district replied to a request for comment with an emailed statement.

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“The district does not comment on personnel matters or ongoing investigations,” the statement read.

According to public records, the 35-year-old man, a career and technical education teacher at Robert Vela High School, has been licensed to teach since 2008.

Badillo is still listed on Vela High School’s website but his status with the school and district is unknown.

According to his personal Facebook page, Badillo was advertising a basketball skills clinic that was set to begin June 5 and end June 22, called STX Skills Summer Academy, where participants from all age groups would learn basketball fundamentals and leadership skills, the page states.

This is not the first Edinburg school district employee to have a run-in with the law this year.

Earlier this year a teacher with the district was formally charged with criminal negligent homicide after she crashed into a motorcycle that resulted in the death of its rider.

On Jan. 9, Linda Michelle Covarrubias, 31, of Edinburg, was behind the wheel of a GMC Acadia SUV when she turned left into a driveway to a hair salon and crashed into a man who was riding his motorcycle traveling in the opposite direction.

Covarrubias, officials said, allegedly failed to yield to the motorcycle driven by David Anthony Reyna Jr., who was traveling westbound on Monte Cristo Road, and crashed authorities said. Reyna, 63, of Edinburg, died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Covarrubias, who received her license to teach in late 2010, currently has an active teaching certified through May 31, public records show.

In February, district officials responded to a Monitor request and confirmed Covarrubias was employed with their district but her status remains unknown as district officials declined to comment, citing their internal policy.

Covarrubias remains listed as a pre-kindergarten teacher at Brewster Elementary in Edinburg on the school district’s website.

If convicted of the most serious charge, sexual assault, Badillo faces up to 20 years in prison.

lzazueta@themonitor.com