Shelby County Teacher Arrested on Improper Relationship with Student Allegation

August 9, 2017 - The Shelby County Sheriff's Department has reported the arrest of a Tenaha ISD teacher for improper relationship between educator and student.

According to the press release issued by the Sheriff's Department, Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports the arrest of Cynthia Suzett Hughes, 49, of Tenaha.

On August 4, 2017, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Chad Brown was contacted by a parent of a juvenile student who attends Tenaha High School. The parent advised Brown that she believed Hughes, a high school teacher employed by Tenaha Independent School District (TISD), was communicating inappropriately with the student.

Brown and TISD Police Chief David Jeter interviewed the student who advised officers that he did receive nude photographs of Hughes.

The student also told the officers on one occasion during the summer of 2017 Hughes messaged said student and stated all of her family members were away and she would like to spend some time together.

Brown and Jeter interviewed Hughes who admitted that she sent the nude photos to the student.

Hughes turned herself in to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on August 9 and was arrested for the offense of Improper Relationship between Educator and Student, a 2nd degree felony. She was arraigned by JP-1, Melissa Crouch.

Hughes posted $20,000 bond and was released.

Leah Chase, SCSO Media Relations