Heather Robertson

A former Hudson kindergarten teacher pleaded guilty to seven charges of sexual assault of a child Thursday.

After Heather Robertson, 38, of Lufkin, pleaded guilty of her charges, Judge Paul White issued punishment of 10 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison. Robertson also will have to surrender her Texas teaching certification and must register for life as a sex offender.

Robertson, a former kindergarten teacher with Hudson ISD, was investigated and found to have had sexual intercourse with at least six Hudson students between November 2016 and February 2017, according to a press release issued by the Angelina County Office of the District Attorney. The county’s report details that Robertson invited the students to her apartment in Lufkin to have sex, and in one instance, she arranged for a student to have his parents drop him off at the apartment, under the pretense that they were moving furniture.

Following the investigation, Robertson was arrested April 21. She resigned from her position at Hudson ISD the day before. Robertson’s Facebook account indicated that she worked as a teacher at Lufkin’s Burley Primary from August 2000 until 2013.

“Teachers are entrusted with our most valuable and most precious asset every day,” said Assistant District Attorney Todd Dillon in the county press release. “When teachers betray that trust in Angelina County, they will be held accountable for that betrayal, and they will face significant punishment.”

Dillon further advised parents to be wary of whom their children communicate with online, citing social media and messaging applications as the means Robertson used to contact the victims in the case.

Austin King’s email address is aking@lufkindailynews.com.