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Substitute teacher accused of sex with a minor

Reported by: Venise Toussaint
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Updated: 3/13/2014 7:29 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- A report released Thursday by Metro investigators says it was a two-week romance between a 15-year-old student and a 22-year-old substitute teacher that was discovered by the boy's father and later resulted in her arrest.

Tanikka Queen, a substitute teacher at Hyde Park Middle School, faces 24 counts, including kidnapping, statutory sexual seduction, sexual assault and sexual misconduct with a student under 16. She is being held without bond at the Clark County Detention Center.

Queen and the 15-year-old exchanged some 2,400 texts during the two weeks. She professed her love for him in some of the texts.

The arrest report says the romance began two days after Queen became a substitute teacher in the victim's class on Feb. 14. She became his tutor on Feb. 18.

The arrest report says that without the knowledge of the victim's parents, the pair went out to eat, to nearby parks and to the movies during for two weeks.

The report says Queen used text messages to entice the student to meet with her away from his home without his parents' consent.

The romance ended when the victim's father noticed a hickey on his son's neck and questioned him before going to school officials on Feb. 26.

A female student who befriended Queen told police that Queen discussed her sexual relationship with the boy and told her not to say anything or she could lose her job.

Queen started working at the school about two months earlier as an English and geography substitute.

Clark County School District officials say Queen was removed from the school as soon as they became aware of the allegations against her and she is no longer able to teach in the district.

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