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Ohio Art Teacher Indicted For Allegedly Sexually Abusing 14-Year-Old Student
Liberty Junior School teacher Ana Leigh D'Ettorre, 24, allegedly picked up a 14-year-old student in her car in the middle of the night to have sex in a park and exchanged lewd photos on Snapchat up until the day police intervened
A student teacher in Ohio is facing charges after she allegedly sexually abused a 14-year-old student and sent that student lewd photos.
Ana Leigh D'Ettorre, a former art teacher at Liberty Junior School in Butler County, was charged with one felony count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and 11 misdemeanor counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. The 24-year-old Kentucky native has not yet entered a plea, and Oxygen.com confirmed that she is currently free on $10,000 bond. She will return to Butler County Court on Jan. 10 for a pre-trial hearing.
Police were informed in late August by someone who knew the preteen that there was an alleged sexual relationship between D'Ettorre and the victim, according to a report obtained from the Monroe Police Department by FOX 19. The whistleblower, whose name and relationship to the student was redacted from the report, told police that the victim admitted to having intercourse with D'Ettorre. The relationship, the anonymous informant said, began through sending messages on Snapchat, and then "spending time outside of school."
D'Ettorre allegedly began abusing the child after her final day working at the school on May 4.
Then, in late July or early August, the student allegedly snuck out of his or her father's house in the middle of the night to meet the former art teacher. Police said D'Ettore picked the student up and drove to nearby Monroe Park in the city of Monroe, where they had sex in her car.
Police said they were able to identify D'Ettorre after the victim's father shared a text message she had sent his child discussing that interaction. The former teacher allegedly sent inappropriate pictures to the student via Snapchat until Aug. 30, the day police intervened.
A spokesperson for the Lakota Local School District told the outlet that they were notified of the investigation involving D'Ettorre, that the district has been fully cooperative with law enforcement, and that no complaints or concerns about the teacher's behavior were lodged during her tenure at the school.
"We are incredibly disappointed that such serious charges have been brought upon a student teacher who spent time with our students," Lakota Director of School and Community Relations Betsy Fuller said in a statement obtained by the Journal-News. "It is imperative that our students feel safe in our schools, which is why we ask them, or their parents, to immediately report any concerns directly to an administrator."