A substitute teacher in Ohio has been accused of masturbating inside a classroom full of middle school students.
In fact, it was the students who allegedly caught Tracey Abraham, 41, in the act.
“Students reported suspicious behavior by the substitute that was taking place behind that teacher’s desk,” according to a statement made by the Fairfield County School District.
One unidentified student told Fox 19 in Cincinnati that he saw “his arm moving. It distracted me. It caught my eye.”
That student claimed to have asked Abraham what he was doing. He said the substitute teacher allegedly told him to mind his own business. Fox 19 has also obtained and aired video of the alleged masturbation, recorded by the same student on his cell. Abraham can be seen in that video looking at his phone in one hand, his other hand under the desk.
The substitute teacher was arrested Tuesday morning at, Creekside Middle School in Fairfield Ohio, where the incident took place.
“I thought the teachers would have better background checks and all that,” the student told the station.
Abraham has been charged with public indecency.
“At this time, the school district is not aware of the substitute teacher having physical contact with any of our students,” the school district wrote in their statement. “In addition, we are not aware of any students being exposed to any nudity.”
They stated that Abraham will not be returning to their schools.
Abraham's father, Rick, told the Cincinnati Enquirer that he thinks the arrest is all a big misunderstanding. He said his son has "never had an issue like this in his life."
"I don't think what they saw is what really was happening," he said.
Abraham is due in court on Jan. 15. He has been ordered to stay away from areas with children.
[Photo: City of Fairfield Police Department]
Crime Time is your destination for true crime stories from around the world, breaking crime news, and information about Oxygen's original true crime shows and documentaries. Sign up for our Crime Time Newsletter and subscribe to our true crime podcast Martinis & Murder for all the best true crime content.