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US teacher arrested on allegations of having sex with her 13-year-old student

Police also believe there were explicit phone messages exchanged between the teacher and student.

Stephanie Seabury, aged 22.
Stephanie Seabury, aged 22.
Image: Dover Police

POLICE IN DELAWARE in the United States are investigating allegations that a 22-year-old teacher had a sexual relationship with one of her students.

Detectives in the city of Dover said Stephanie Seabury turned herself in yesterday on one count of sexual abuse of a child by a person in a position of trust or authority.

The charge stems from allegations that the English teacher at a middle school had sex with a 13-year-old male student who was in her class.

Dover Police Department said it was made aware of the incident on 12 March this year.

The subsequent investigation revealed that Seabury and the student had met on numerous occasions, during which Seabury would collect the victim at a prearranged location and then drive him to her residence at Woodmill Apartments in the city.

Detectives learned that, on or about 26 February, the teacher had sexual intercourse with the student at her home after driving him there at the end of the school day.

They retrieved CCTV footage of the pair leaving the school and walking towards her vehicle at about 3.48pm on 26 February.

The investigation also uncovered several explicit phone messages and photographs that were exchanged during the “inappropriate relationship”, police said in a statement.

Seabury was issued a $40,000 secured bond.

The school’s superintendent confirmed that she has been “suspended with pay since the initial report”.

“Upon learning of alleged inappropriate behavior of a Fred Fifer III Middle School (FMS)
teacher with a student, the Caesar Rodney School District immediately contacted the appropriate law enforcement agency,” Dr Kevin Fitzgerald said. “The district has since continued to work with law enforcement and the Attorney General’s office during their investigation.”

“The district will take the appropriate personnel action as dictated by state and federal regulations.”

A letter was sent to the parents of all children at the school and an offer of counselling for students made.

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