Texas teacher charged with sex assault on teenage wife
HOUSTON — The marriage may be legal but the suspected premarital sex was not, authorities said on Saturday when they arrested a 41-year-old Houston-area drama teacher for the alleged sexual assault of a child — his 16-year-old wife.
Ilich Guardiola was pulled over in a traffic stop in the Houston suburb of Spring Valley last month and questioned about his relationship with the teen riding with him, police said.
Shortly after the incident, Guardiola married the teenager, who has not been identified, in Las Vegas with the approval of her mother, who witnessed the wedding.
Police said there is circumstantial evidence that the two engaged in a sexual relationship prior to legal marriage.
“The marriage is absolutely legal. We received a copy of the marriage certificate,” said Gary Finkelman of the Spring Valley Police Department.
Guardiola was arrested on Thursday for violating a Texas law that forbids sex with a child, regardless of the child's consent. A child is defined as a person younger than 17.
Guardiola's bail has been set at $50,000.
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