A New York teacher has been arrested after a teenage boy told authorities that the woman sent him nude photos via social media and then had sex with him in a car parked outside of a hotel.
New York State Police arrested Lindsey M. Halstead, of East Bloomfield, on Tuesday on two counts of sexual misconduct and one count of endangering the welfare of a child after she allegedly had sexual contact with a 16-year-old in Seneca Falls, authorities announced in a release this week. She was held at the Seneca County Jail ahead of her arraignment on Tuesday.
During an interview on May 6, the male teen told police that Halstead, who was his gym teacher at some point during the 2017-18 school year, first befriended him on the Snapchat app in September, where she eventually began sending him nude photos of herself, The Post-Standard reports.
She is also alleged to have suggested that the student reciprocate by sending him messages asking if he was “going to send her something,” reports WROC-TV, a CBS affiliated based in Rochester, New York.
Halstead and the unnamed student met in November 2018 for a sexual encounter, the child reportedly told police, per The Post-Standard’s report. He explained that Halstead picked him up from a library in Waterloo that day before taking him to a Hampton Inn hotel in Seneca Falls, where she parked behind the building so the two could have sex, he said.
The teen told authorities that Halstead seemed happy after the encounter, but said that he was “pretty quiet” and “just said a few words,” according to WROC. The boy later blocked Halstead on Snapchat and then on Instagram as well, after she began harassing him about whether or not he’d disclosed what happened to anyone else, the outlet reports.
“At this point I was like this is weird, why is she still texting me,” he told police, according to The Post-Standard.
The case is currently still under investigation by local police, with additional charges for Halstead pending, authorities said.
Police believe that Halstead may have had other victims, and have released her booking photo publicly in the hopes that those victims may recognize her, a police spokesperson confirmed to The Post-Standard.
Halstead worked for the Waterloo School District for four years, between September 2014 through February 2018, before she went on to work for the Midlakes School District as a substitute teacher beginning in February of 2018, police said. She was fired last month, according to WROC.
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