This is an update to the story last week of the arrest of teacher Megan Denman, accused of having sex with an underage boy. How was Denman caught? According to a search warrant, it all started when she was on vacation in Hawaii last week and the teen was pulled over driving her car. Police thought it was stolen, and the only way for the kid to get out of the jam was to tell officers about the affair and show them racy text messages Denman had allegedly sent him. (Additional info in video below)
Megan Denman, 29, pleaded not guilty to six felony charges connected to an alleged relationship with a former student. A search warrant you'll only see on Action News says she was in Hawaii when the alleged victim was pulled over driving her car, setting off a chain of events leading to her arrest. Denman walked uncomfortably through the halls of the Fresno County courthouse. The social sciences teacher had just pleaded not guilty to sex crimes with a former student, who is now 18. Her attorney, Roger Nuttall, says she saw herself as a mentor to the boy, and she's embarrassed by the charges.
"She's highly respected and the fact of the matter is that these charges and our appearance here are very difficult for her," Nuttall said. Denman's legal difficulties started while she was on vacation earlier this month.
The search warrant shows the unusual way police learned of the alleged crime. It says an officer pulled over the victim driving Denman's car at Annadale and Ivy in Southwest Fresno. The officer thought the car might be stolen, and questioned the teenager -- who then revealed details of a sexual relationship with his teacher in 2011, before his 18th birthday. He also showed officers suggestive text messages from Denman.