Emily Nesbit, 31, resigned her position as an 11th grade English teacher, in the wake of allegations of sex with a student, and a felony charge related to the act.
According to a March 17, report by the Huffington Post, Nesbit is accused of having sex with a 18-year-old student, on school property. Reportedly in the classroom.
The police stated that Nesbit admitted to having sex with the student, in the classroom, after school hours.
The 18-year-old student is of the legal age of consent, in the state of Pennsylvania, but the act performed on school property, plays a role in the charges. Nesbit was charged with institutional sex assault, a third-degree felony.
According to the report, "Nesbit is charged based on her position as a teacher, without regard to the age of the student." If convicted she could face up to seven years in prison, prosecutors told ABC 27 News.
According to Pennsylvania state law, Institutional sexual assault is defined as a person who is an employee or agent of the Department of Corrections or a county correctional authority, youth development center, youth forestry camp, State or county juvenile detention facility, other licensed residential facility serving children and youth, or mental health or mental retardation facility or institution commits a felony of the third-degree when that person engages in sexual intercourse, deviate sexual intercourse or indecent contact with an inmate, detainee, patient or resident.
It doesn't specifically cite school or student in the verbiage.
The teacher-student affair was reported after a female student discovered sexual text messages on the alleged victim's phone, according to Fox 43 News. These included partially clothed and naked photos of Nesbit and the student.
Nesbit's attorney stated that Nesbit, "intends to accept responsibility in court and continue to work on her personal issues that lead to the alleged inappropriate conduct," PennLive reports.