An eighth grade teacher in Texas resigned after being arrested on Friday for allegedly sending sexually explicit messages and photos to a 15-year-old on Instagram, according to multiple reports.

Christine Paige Cockrell, an earth science teacher at Gatesville Junior High School, faces charges of indecency with a child and possession of child pornography with intent to distribute, according to a criminal complaint obtained by local outlets including KXXV and KWTX.

The 15-year-old high school student told the Gatesville Independent School District on April 11 about him and Cockrell exchanging nude photos and sexting since October 2023, the Waco, Texas-based TV stations reported.

The teenager said Cockrell sent him "nude photographs of her breasts" and requested he send "nude photographs of himself," according to the complaint.


The nude photographs were sent between Oct. 8, 2023, and Nov. 11, 2023, the complaint reportedly said. During this time, Cockrell and the teenager talked about "meeting up for sex" but they never did, the court filing continued.