Ex-Guyer High teacher arrested after student complaint

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Michael Pricer, a former Guyer High School choir director, turned himself in to Denton police Wednesday and was arrested on a warrant for an alleged improper relationship between an educator and student.

He posted $5,000 bail Wednesday afternoon and was released.

Officer Shane Kizer of the Denton Police Department said an improper relationship between educator and student is a second-degree felony that carries a two- to 20-year state prison sentence and a fine of up to $10,000.

Denton police began their investigation in July, Kizer said, after the female student filed a complaint and district officials contacted a school resource officer at Guyer.

Pricer is alleged to have started a relationship with the student in 2010 that turned sexual by May 2011, Kizer said. The student, he said, was 17 at the time.

“This relationship went on for a period of time before it reached a physical relationship,” Kizer said. “I know that there were some messages and text messages exchanged between the two over a period of time.”

He said the relationship continued after the student graduated in 2011.

It doesn’t appear that Pricer had any improper relationships with other students or that any improper activity occurred on school grounds, Kizer said.

Pricer, 35, resigned as a choir director at Guyer High School in November 2011, according to Denton school district officials.

The Denton school district released a statement Wednesday, saying that it is working with the police department on the investigation involving Pricer.

“The safety of the students is always the district’s highest priority,” the district’s statement read. “Denton ISD officials have been working closely with Denton Police Department to thoroughly investigate this incident.”

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876. Her e-mail address is btabor@dentonrc.com .


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