Teacher accused of sex with student

From Staff Reports

An employee of the Darlington County School District has been arrested and is being accused of engaging in “an inappropriate relationship” with a high-school student, the school district said Monday morning.

The employee, identified as Anna Elizabeth Jeanette Patton in arrest warrants released by the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office, is accused of engaging in “sexual battery” with a 16-year-old high school student.

The warrants state that she engaged in sexual intercourse and other sex acts with the student “in the Lamar area” between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 last year.

Patton had “direct supervisory authority” over the student, the warrants say. The warrants also allege Patton “disseminated harmful material to a minor” – depicting explicit nudity through social media – between Oct. 1 and Jan. 11.

Patton’s position with the district was not officially identified, but local news media are reporting that she is a teacher.

“The district is cooperating fully with the law enforcement investigation. The employee has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation. Due to privacy laws, the district cannot discuss personnel matters,” district spokeswoman Audrey Childers said in a statement.

Author: Rachel Howell

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