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A Louisiana middle school teacher has been arrested on sex crime charges for allegedly sexually abusing a teenager multiple times while her own child was around.
Ellarea Silva, 34, turned herself into authorities on Thursday, according to local outlet WAFB 9. It was the end result of an investigation between the Zachary Police Department and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, according to the police department.
Silva was charged Thursday with indecent behavior with a juvenile, carnal knowledge of a juvenile, oral sexual battery and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
Investigators allege Silva initiated contact with a 15-year-old boy by emailing him at his school address using her own school email, according to an arrest warrant. They then switched to using personal email accounts, “so the school could not track their emails,” the warrant stated.
The teacher allegedly sent naked photos and videos of herself to the student. She also allegedly sexted him, sending him a text “indicating she wanted to have sexual intercourse with him.” It’s not clear if the teenager was ever a current or former student of hers.
She then allegedly sexually abused him eight or nine times at her home over the summer of 2019. Silva’s own child was allegedly at the home during each encounter, police said.
Silva was a science teacher at Northwestern Middle School. The school did not immediately respond to Oxygen.com’s request for comment. Zachary Schools Superintendent Scott Devillier told WAFB in a statement that when allegations surfaced, the school "reported it to law enforcement and placed the employee on administrative leave. No one is covering up anything, nor sweeping anything under the rug. We are following the law; and I am unable to comment beyond this information.”
Silva’s bond has been set at $225,000. It’s not clear if she has an attorney who could comment on her behalf.
There could be other possible alleged victims too, police suggested.
Detectives are requesting that parents of students who were in contact with Silva to talk with their kids. They are urged to contact Zachary police detectives at 225-654-9393 if they believe their child was victimized.
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