A 34-year-old Orange Grove teacher was placed on administrative leave after school officials learned he was having a physical relationship with a 17-year-old student.

Derek Yeary teaches Social Studies at the Orange Grove High School where he met the student.

According to officials, the extent of the alleged relationship between the teacher and the female student was limited to text messages until recently.

The exact details of Yeary's relationship with the student has not been released.

According to Orange Grove ISD Superintendent Lynn Burton, the Orange Grove ISD employee has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation. The district is following all applicable policies and procedures.

As this is an ongoing investigation, the district has no further comment at this time, Burton stated.