Posted: December 06, 2017
By Dave Faherty, WSOCTV.com
CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. —
A grand jury indicted a middle school teacher in Caldwell County, North Carolina, on five felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.
WSOC-TV reporter Dave Faherty was there as authorities brought in 29-year-old Justin Biggs.
Police said Biggs has resigned from his teaching position at William Lenoir Middle School.
Breaking Lenoir- Justin Biggs was a middle school teacher in Lenoir. Also taught in Granite Falls. pic.twitter.com/VuUfPKehD3— Dave Faherty (@FahertyWSOC9) December 5, 2017
Lenoir police said they began their investigation in November after a female middle school student reported being assaulted on school grounds. The investigation led to more students coming forward, totaling five, according to police.
The indictments said Biggs, who was a math teacher and softball coach at the middle school, committed a lewd act on a child.
Police said all of the incidents happened on school grounds.
"It's hard on the school and the children there,” Lenoir police Capt. Brent Phelps said. “These are tough cases."
Alyssia Marie Reddy, who taught at the Pennington School located in Pennington, New Jersey, came to the attention of police after the Solebury Township department received a report of an alleged sexual assault that took place in the park in the spring of 2017, multiple news outlets are reporting.
Authorities said Reddy, who currently lives near Baltimore, had sexual intercourse with the student.
She was arrested on charges of institutional sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, criminal use of a communication facility and corruption of a minor, according to a release issued by the Solebury Township Police Department.
The Pennington School where Reddy worked sent a letter to parents saying that it had been “recently made aware of an alleged inappropriate relationship involving a former Upper School teacher of The Pennington School in the 2016-17 school year,” according to a report by the Trentonian.
WCAU reported that Reddy gave the student her cellphone number in December of last year and that by February 2017 he was getting messages like, “I want your hands on me.”
The school also said that upon hearing the incident, it quickly made contact with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.
Reddy had apparently departed from the New Jersey prep school and was employed at The St. Paul’s School for Girls located in Baltimore County. Her Facebook page said that she is a SPIRITUS Scholars Coordinator and History Teacher there.
The school terminated her employment following her arrest and banned her from the campus. It also deleted references to Reddy from its website, but a Google search showed that she was recently in the staff and faculty directory.
“We have just learned that one of our Upper School teachers, Alyssia Reddy, who joined our faculty this year, has been charged with a felony involving sexual assault of a minor,” Head of St. Paul’s Penny B. Evans said in a letter obtained by WPMT.
“The alleged events took place in Pennsylvania this past school year with a male high school student before she came to St. Paul’s School for Girls. Before today, we had no information suggesting any prior improper conduct by Mrs. Reddy.”
On her Facebook page, Reddy has published many pictures of what appear to be her husband and two children, according to the Trentonian.
She is currently awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania.
A special-education teacher at a Butler County, Pennsylvania, school is accused of having sex with a student in the classroom.
Police say Jordan Dominique Ondish, 23, a teacher at Summit Academy in Herman, is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 19-year-old student.
State police said school officials contacted them on Nov. 27 after obtaining a cellphone with sexually explicit text conversations between the victim and Ondish. She is also accused of buying the victim that cellphone, which is against school rules.
Ondish began working at the school, a rehabilitation facility for juvenile offenders, in June.
The victim told investigators he and Ondish began talking outside class, and their interaction progressed until they had sex in a classroom twice in November, investigators said.
"State police investigated this," said Trooper Dan Kesten. "It wasn't a relationship that the two were supposed to have; this was institutional sexual assault."
Police said Ondish admitted to the relationship. School officials had previously issued a warning to her about the victim, including having the victim in her classroom after hours.
Summit Academy released this statement Monday afternoon.
"The administration at Summit Academy was made aware of an inappropriate relationship between a teacher and a student and it was immediately reported to the state police. The teacher was then terminated."
Troopers said Ondish told them she was in an abusive relationship at home and developed an emotional attachment to the student.
She is charged with institutional sexual assault and faces a preliminary hearing in February.
A married teacher in Oklahoma was arrested Wednesday and accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage student, KWTV reported.
Hunter Day, 22, who teaches science at Yukon High School, was arrested by the Canadian County Sheriff’s Department on complaints of second-degree rape, facilitating sexual contact with a minor and possession of child pornography, KWTV reported. She is reportedly married to the school’s football coach.
The sheriff’s office said the investigation began when they were reportedly contacted by the boy’s parents. The boy’s cell phone allegedly contained explicit text messages and nude photographs, the sheriff’s office told KWTV. Authorities did not reveal the age of the boy, except to note that he was underage.
“This is a classic case of a serious breach of public trust. School teachers are entrusted to protect and educate our children, not to engage in an unlawful sexual relationship with them,” Canadian County Sheriff Chris West said.
Investigators said Day and the boy had arranged a meeting on the day of the arrest, KWTV reported. When deputies arrived at the home, they sent Day a text message from the boy’s phone, saying, “I’m here.” Day allegedly responded, “The doors [sic] unlocked as usual.”
Authorities said when they entered Day’s house, they found her sitting on the living room floor with the lights turned off, wearing a Christmas cat T-shirt and workout shorts. She allegedly admitted to sending “bra and panty” photographs of herself to the boy, and also allegedly said she had received photos of the boy’s genitals, KWTV reported.
During a news conference on Thursday, the Yukon Schools Superintendent Jason Simeroth said he could not comment on Day’s status with the school, pending the investigation.
Day was booked into the Canadian County Jail. Her bond was set at $85,000.
A high school teacher has been arrested in Concord, accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student, according to police.
Concord police were notified Monday of the relationship between a 17-year-old student and 23-year-old Katherine Ridenhour, a teacher at Cox Mill High School.
Further investigations corroborated the allegations that Ridenhour was engaged in a consensual relationship with the student, detectives said.
Ridenhour was arrested and charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a student.
Cabarrus County Schools officials have not said if Ridenhour is still employed at the school.
Check back with wsoctv.com for updates on this story.
The 2015 Ohio “principal of the year” has been indicted on sex charges stemming from alleged relationships with students.
On Friday, a grand jury issued a summons to Chillicothe High School Principal Jeffrey Fisher, charging him with seven counts of sexual battery. The charges relate to two students — then 16 and 17 — who say the teacher had inappropriate contact with them. County Prosecutor Matt Schmidt told the Chillicothe Gazette that he didn’t want to get into the specifics of the charges, but the paper noted that sexual battery charges “include allegations of sexual intercourse.”
The investigation into Fisher began after an Aug. 16 meeting where school officials were informed of the allegations by the local department of family services.
In a statement to the Gazette, Fisher’s attorney wrote, “We’ve been aware of these accusations for years, and we’ll be entering a not guilty plea.” He also asked for information from the public that might help exonerate the 35-year-old principal.
Schmidt says the relationships occurred during the 2009-10 and 2011-12 school years and that “certainly with at least one victim, phone records will show substantial telephone and text contact.”
On Friday, Superintendent Jon Saxton sent a letter to parents explaining the situation and saying that as soon as the allegations arose, Fisher was “reassigned” to work from home. He closed by saying it would be inappropriate to discuss the matter further, citing the ongoing case.
Fisher has reportedly been on Saxton’s radar for quite some time, and the superintendent has had multiple conversations with the principal about his behavior. In September 2015, the Chillicothe Gazette found that Saxton laid out a list of complaints, saying Fisher’s social media behavior may be crossing the line. In one letter, the superintendent wrote, “In our conversation, you did not seem to understand the importance of separating yourself from relationships with students via messaging and texts.”
A student allegedly told a member of the staff this year about the allegations, and the district released a screenshot of a text conversation in which one possible victim said she retained a lawyer to speak for her. It’s unclear who the parties in the message were, but one wrote, “She could hardly talk to me from crying and saying it’s been seven years trying to get over this.”
Although Fisher has taken down all his social media profiles, he previously had some eyebrow-raising interactions, the Gazette reported. On Twitter, he reportedly liked a former student’s post about turning 21 and being “sloshed.” On another occasion, he told a student that she was a “10/10," according to the Gazette.
He is scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 21. His attorney says he will plead not guilty.
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