A high school teacher in the Darlington County School District has been arrested for having sex with a 16-year-old student.
The teacher, Anna Elizabeth Jeanette Patton, has been charged with three crimes: sexual battery with a student 16 or 17 years of age, no aggravated force or coercion; criminal solicitation of a minor; and disseminating harmful material or exhibiting harmful performance to minors.
“The employee has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation,” Audrey Childers, a spokesperson for the school district, wrote in a news release.
Patton, who is believed to have a young son of her own, is also accused of sending the 16-year-old student nude photos via various social media accounts.
Patton was taken into custody based on evidence gathered in the course of the investigation and statements made by the alleged victim to law enforcement officials.
The 22-year-old remained in jail without bond on Monday afternoon.