A teacher at a North Carolina middle school sexually abused a teenage foster child in her care over the course of nearly a year, according to local police.
Christina Davis Jolly, 43, was arrested Wednesday and charged with statutory rape after investigators found she had been abusing a 15-year-old boy who had been living with her, according to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.
Jolly, who taught in schools in Troutman, North Carolina — a small town north of Charlotte — since 2002, allegedly began abusing the teen in August of 2017, and carried on until police began to investigate her after receiving an anonymous tip that the child was in danger, officials said.
Police began looking into Jolly’s relationship with the teen on April 29, and she was ordered to cease all contact with him in July, when he was taken out of her custody, police said. Despite the ongoing investigation, Jolly kept up contact with the teen through social media, prompting sheriff’s deputies to search her home and seize her computers, according to Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell.
The teen was a student in a school within the Iredell-Statesville School District, but had not been a student of Jolly, district spokeswoman Boen Nutting told Oxygen.com
Late on Wednesday evening, police arrested Jolly and charged her with five counts of felony statutory rape of a child 15 years old or younger and two counts of felony statutory sex offense of a child 15 years or younger, officials said. She was booked into the Iredell County Detention Facility and ordered held on a $200,000 bond for the statutory rape charges and a $75,000 bond for the sex offense charges. She had posted bond as of Friday afternoon, according to online records.
Following her arrest, Jolly was suspended with pay pending an investigation, Nutting told Oxygen.com.