A Pennsylvania high school teacher has been arrested for allegedly performing a sex act on a student in her classroom.
31 year-old Emily Nesbit is facing up to seven years in prison for exchanging text messages where she said she wanted sex, sending partially nude photos, and allegedly performing a sex act on the 18 year-old student.
She has been charged with institutional sexual assault, even though the victim is of the age of consent.
Even though the victim is of legal age there is a zero-tolerance policy for teachers who are accused of misconduct with their students, according to officials.
The 11th grade English teacher came under suspicion when another student noticed that she had sent the inappropriate text messages to the student’s cell phone. According to court documents the two had been in regular contact for around two months prior.
Police said that the Cumberland Valley High School in Cumberland County teacher sent the students text messages that implied she wanted to have sex with him. They also sent text messages back and forth to each other where each was partially nude, according to police.
Nesbit’s lawyer, Brian Perry, said that the teacher made “a series of bad decisions at a low point in her life,” however authorities don’t seem to care.
Nesbit had charges brought against her within a day or two of their knowledge of the incident, and police interviewed the student within hours of being alerted. She has since admitted to performing the sex act with the student to police.
“Frankly, we’ve had too many of these cases involving school employees,” Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed said in regards to the frequency of these cases occurring.
He also stressed the importance of teaching America’s youth the proper way to conduct themselves.
“There’s nothing more important for our youth than how we educate them and put them out into the world,” he added that bringing charges against Nesbit wasn’t a difficult decision.
The superintendent of Cumberland Valley Schools said that he understood parents concern regarding this incident, and attempted to ease their minds with a prepared statement.
“While we know that public schools are a reflection of society, the Board of School Directors, parents, educators, the community and our students expect that the Cumberland Valley School District is better?” He said. He then added that “Our desire is not to be a reflection of society, but to reflect the best that society can be.”