Courtney Ruth Martin (Source: Conway Police Department)
SC (WMBF) – A teacher at Conway High School was arrested Tuesday after an
investigation determined that she engaged in inappropriate behavior with a
student for over a year.
Courtney Ruth Martin, 26, of Aynor, turned herself in to police on
November 5 and was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor,
according to a news release from the Conway Police Department. An investigation
determined that while employed as a teacher at Conway High School, Martin
engaged in the inappropriate behavior with one of her students between August
23, 2012 and October 29, 2013.
For many students, it isn't the age
difference bothering them about the allegations against the teacher; they're
worried about the abuse of power as an educator
a grown woman and he's a student," said student Mason Fletcher.
"That's not something she should be doing. She's taking advantage of him,
and he's just young and naïve and doesn't realize it."
According to the police report, the school received an
anonymous complaint alleging Martin was in an improper relationship with
the student, and that they planned to have sex. The caller alleged that Martin
had sent photos of her body parts.
"I could never imagine getting a
picture like that from a male or even female teacher," said student Katie Lee. "They
should both know better, even though he is underage"
interviewed Martin and the student, who both denied any involvement with each
other. The student later admitted they were in a relationship, advising that he
would go to her classroom during lunch or after school and they would hug, kiss
Martin was issued a contract in July 2010 and has taught English
at Conway High School since then, according to district spokeswoman Teal
Martin was placed on administrative leave on October 29, and
remains on leave. Police released her on a $5,000 bond.
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