A South Carolina teacher has been accused of repeatedly having sex with her 16-year-old student.
Anna Elizabeth Jeanette Patton, 23, is accused of using social media, text messages, and nude photos to try to entice the victim into sexual activity and allegedly having sex with the teen on multiple occasions, according to an arrest warrant obtained by WLTX.
She is now facing charges of sexual battery with a student 16 of 17 years of age with no aggravated force or coercion, criminal solicitation of a minor, and disseminating harmful material or exhibiting harmful performance to others in connection with the alleged incidents that occurred between Oct. 1, 2019 and Jan. 11, 2020, authorities said.
Patton allegedly participated in sexual intercourse and performed oral sex during the illicit encounters, according to SCNow.
The Darlington County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest after getting statements from the alleged victim and gathering evidence in the case.
Patton had been a high school teacher in the Darlington County School District before the accusations surfaced, but is now on leave with the district.
“The employee has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation,” Audrey Childers, a spokesperson for the school district, said in a news release obtained by SCNow.
District officials said their focus now is on protecting the students.
“The district is cooperating fully with the law enforcement investigation,” Childers said.
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