A Delaware middle school teacher – from Long Island – has been arrested on sexual abuse charges for allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old student and sending him “explicit” photos and text messages, police in Dover, Del. said Monday.
Stephanie Seabury, 22, formerly of Hauppauge, was charged with sexual abuse of a child by a person in a position of trust or authority after surrendering to police Monday. If convicted of the top charge, she could potentially spend the rest of her life behind bars, the Dover Post reported. The charges, officials say, stem from a suspected sexual relationship Seabury allegedly maintained with a 13-year-old student who was in her class.
Police began investigating in March and later learned Seabury had met up with the teenage boy numerous times at a prearranged location and would then drive him to her home. Cops said on at least one of those occasions – Feb. 26 – she had sex with him at her apartment after the two left school together. Surveillance video obtained by police allegedly shows the two walking to her car. “The investigation by the Dover Police Department also revealed that Stephanie Seabury and the student victim exchanged several explicit phone messages and photographs during the inappropriate relationship,” authorities said in announcing her arrest.
Officials at the Caesar Rodney School District, where Seabury worked, said they were first notified about the suspected relationship and immediately called police. Seabury remains suspended with pay and the school district’s superintendent, John Fitzgerald, said the district would “take the appropriate disciplinary action as dictated by state and federal regulations.” The school is also now offering counseling to students.
According to her LinkedIn profile, Seabury graduated from Hauppauge High School in 2009 and attended the University of Delaware. Her social media profile said she graduated from college last year and took the teaching job last August. Seabury was released from jail after posting a $40,000 bond and could not be reached for comment.