A South Carolina high school teacher working in Darlington County has been arrested for having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student.
Anna Elizabeth Jeanette Patton has been charged with three crimes: sexual battery with a student 16 or 17 years of age, no aggravated force or coercion; criminal solicitation of a minor; and disseminating harmful material or exhibiting harmful performance to minors.
The charges are connected to Patton having sex with the student, performing sex acts on the student, and sending him sexually explicit material through social media platforms.
Patton is currently on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.
According to SC Now, Patton committed the alleged offenses between October and December of 2019, and deliberately seduced the student over social media with the intent of having her way with him.
As is the case with many stories such as this, however, it did not remain a secret for long- the student eventually came forward.
“Probable cause was obtained through evidence and victim’s statements,” according to the warrants.
The alleged sex is under investigation.
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