An area resident and student teacher was arrested Thursday for sexual assault of a child.
According to Chief Investigator Donnie Hensley with the Erath County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Jim Clifton and Deputy Tish Lacoy arrested the suspect on a warrant just one day after she was found alone in a parked car with a juvenile male by a Stephenville police officer.
Erath County resident Amber Lynn Wood, 31, and her alleged victim, 14, were in the vehicle in a secluded area of the City Park Wednesday when Officer Jeff Walker was patrolling the grounds around 9 p.m. After questioning the juvenile, Walker learned that the pair had been involved in a “relationship” for an extended period of time.
The alleged victim is reported to be a Stephenville student.
Wood is a student at Tarleton State University and is scheduled to graduate in May with a Bachelor’s of Science in Geoscience and minor in biology. A June 2008 release from the university named Woods as a distinguished student from Hico who maintained an A-B average and a minimum grade point average of 3.25.
Wood has also been working to obtain a teacher’s certificate for grades eight through 12. She was completing her student teaching with the Granbury Independent School District (GISD).
Jeff Meador, public information officer for GISD said Wood was student teaching on the Granbury High School campus. She was removed from the program following her arrest.
Meador said he was not aware of any GISD students being involved with the former student teacher.
Stephenville Police Captain Jason King said the observation skills of Walker as well as investigative work by Detective Sgt. Alan Williamson and Texas Ranger Sgt. Danny Briley contributed to Wood’s arrest.
The investigation is ongoing.
“This investigation will continue until we are sure there are no other victims out there,” King said.
Individuals with any information on this case, or those who know of other potential victims are strongly encouraged to contact Briley at 965-7893 or Williamson at 918-1200.
Wood was released from the Erath County Jail Friday after posting a $50,000 bond. Local attorney David Stokes is representing her.