A 22-year-old Clark County School District substitute teacher was arrested Tuesday on charges she sexually assaulted a 15-year-old boy, the Review-Journal has learned.
Tanikka “Bella” Queen, most recently a long-term substitute at Hyde Park Middle School near Valley View and Charleston boulevards, was booked into the Clark County Detention Center and faces multiple counts, including first-degree kidnapping, sexual assault against a child under 16, statutory sexual seduction and luring a child to engage in a sex act.
Queen is being held without bail, according to jail records.
District officials said Queen will no longer be allowed to serve as a teacher substitute anywhere in the district. Schools draw from a pool of about 4,000 district-approved substitutes when they need short- or long-term substitutes. Queen has been removed from the substitute pool, said district spokeswoman Melinda Malone.
The affair was uncovered when the parent of a female student, with whom Queen had a close friendship, found text messages on the girl’s phone referring to the affair.
The boy’s father also became suspicious when his son came home with a hickey.
According to a 24-page Las Vegas police report, Queen, who taught geography, initially denied having an affair with her student. In one interview with Metro detectives, Queen described the boy as a troubled eighth-grader.
Detectives were able to recover from a cellphone about 2,400 text messages, 108 phone calls and 38 photographs sent between Queen and the boy which showed a burgeoning love affair.
The affair began about 10 days after Queen started teaching a class the boy was in on Feb. 2. The two would meet at Lorenzi Park or she would tutor him in math during lunch. The two also went on dates to McDonald’s and to Texas Station to see the romantic comedy “About Last Night.”
On Feb. 13, Queen insisted the boy create a code name for her in his cellphone. “I’m serious (name redacted). I’m putting my job on the line talking to you so how can I not be serious,” she wrote.
Queen’s code name was “Cachetona
On Valentine’s Day, the boy texted to Queen that her kisses “took me to the clouds babe.”
By Feb. 16 the two were saying they loved each other. “Death is the only thing that’s going to separate us,” the boy wrote.
A week later, Queen said their romance needed to simmer down. “Babe people are getting hella suspicious. We gotta cool it down,” she wrote on Feb. 24.
The next day Queen assured the boy of how she felt. “Remember no matter how I act at school I still love you with all my heart.”
Queen repeatedly denied the affair to detectives. But she also admitted to spending too much time with the boy and kissing him.
At one point, she told detectives she had sex with the boy while she was house-sitting for a friend, according to a police report.
“Queen said, ‘I am in love with (name redacted). I have never been in love before,’” the report said.