Tanikka Queen appears for her initial 72-hour hearing in Las Vegas Justice Court on March 14, 2014. (Eric Youngman/FOX5)
Tanikka Queen (Source: LVMPD)
Photo of a person on a Facebook account belonging to Tanikka Queen.
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
A substitute teacher accused of an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old eighth-grade student at Hyde Park Middle School made her initial court appearance Friday.
State prosecutors have yet to file formal charges against Tanikka Queen, 22, who was booked into Clark County Detention Center Wednesday on counts including sexual assault against a child under 16, statutory sexual seduction, sexual act with a pupil and first-degree kidnapping.
A judge set bail for Queen at $100,000. The judge also said Queen would be placed under house arrest if she pays bail and ordered not to have any contact with minors while released.
Queen's initial 72-hour hearing, though, was formally continued on Friday. Her next appearance is slated for Monday.
According to Queen's arrest report, on March 11, after having been taken into custody, she confessed to police to having had sex with a 15-year-old male student and told investigators, "I am in love with [name redacted]. I have never been in love before."
Metro police first responded to a report about an inappropriate relationship between Queen and an eighth-grade student on Feb. 26.
Outlined in Queen's report are hundreds of text messages between the pair during the month of February, professing love for each other.
Queen texted Feb. 13, "Awwww you're making me blush. Why do you have to be young? Lol I wanna tell the world. When you turn 16?"
The next day, the teen texted Queen, "Your kisses felt so special."
Queen texted, "I'll never leave you."
After an apparent spat, the teen texted, "...im sorry babe i love you."
"In reading the text messages she at least inflamed physical feelings in him for her," said licensed psychologist Dr. Louis Mortillaro.
Mortillaro called it a case of puppy love. A 15-year-old can be manipulated in this scenario.
"Molded, groomed, obviously there were things said by her to him and him to her that allowed this relationship, if you want to call it a relationship, to flourish," said Mortillaro.
After her arrest Tuesday, Queen told police the relationship did turn sexual.
Mortillaro stressed the teen needs to be evaluated and counseled appropriately.
"It all depends on how well he copes with it and understands that he had a say so in this too, even though he's a student and maybe he was groomed, maybe thought this was love," said Mortillaro.
For parents hoping to avoid a situation like this, boundaries have to be taught and stressed constantly.
"What's in-bounds and out-of-bounds, so to speak, in simple language so kids can learn values. The best morals and values kids can learn is around the dinner table," said Mortillaro.
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