31 year old Elizabeth Moss is in jail after being arrested for sexually assaulting two students at Chestnut Oaks Middle School in South Carolina.
Moss is the choral director at the school and has been charged with second-degree criminal sexual misconduct with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to reports.
According to officials, Moss was contacting and messaging her students through the social media giant Facebook and after school officials determined the activity to be illegal they notified police immediately.
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Moss was also involved with the Sumter Youth Choir and worked with another choir that’s no longer in existence that had featured children that were in the third to the eighth grades, and prior to her arrest was supposed to have taken a group of honors choir students to Atlanta for the Southern Star Music Festival.
According to arrest records Moss sexually assaulted a student, who was 13 years old at the time, in her home at some point in between March and April of last year.
According to police there was also a second victim. A 14 year old student whom she tried to arouse “by using a pencil” in October of last year and she faces additional charges of second-degree assault and battery for it.
Upon the execution of a search warrant, police were able to seize several items from Moss’ home this past Friday, although it’s unspecified what exactly they found.
Moss has three children of her own, ages 3, 5, and 12 and her husband, who also works for the school district, said that he doesn’t believe that she ever sexually molested them. It’s unclear whether or not authorities will interview her children but the possibility hasn’t been ruled out.
Rose Mary Parham represents Moss and said that the allegations stem from Moss disciplining students and that she’s innocent of all the charges against her. She added that her and Moss are looking forward to their “day in court” so that they can prove the charges are false.
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Chestnut Oaks Middle School is providing counselors for any students who may have been affected by the situation or who may have had contact with Moss. Shelly Galloway, the district spokesman, said that “Counselors are available to assist any student who may be having difficulties with this situation.”
She added that the school district does not tolerate this type of behavior and “All employees are expected to exercise good judgment and maintain professional boundaries when interacting with students at all times, both on and off school property.” She further explained that this contact includes social media and telephone exchanges as well as those in person.
Moss has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of her trial.