Former Port Isabel educator charged with improper relationship appears in court

A former Port Isabel High School coach and math teacher waived the reading of a six-count indictment against him Wednesday afternoon entering a plea of not guilty to charges stemming from an improper relationship with a student.

Robert Walter Pensado, 43, is charged with sexual assault, three counts of improper relationship between an educator and student, possession of child pornography, and promoting, directing or producing the sexual performance of a child.

The Precinct 1 Constable’s Office arrested the man in June.

After his arrest, Precinct 1 Constable Pete Delgadillo said the alleged relationship began in January 2017 when the teenage student enrolled in Port Isabel High School and continued after Pensado left the high school in May 2017.

According to Delgadillo, the girl’s mother filed a police report after learning Pensado gave her daughter a phone that he told the girl she should use to communicate with her.

Authorities accuse Pensado of taking the teenager to places, including Beach Access 6, to have sex.

He is free on a $150,000 bond on the charges.