RICHMOND, VA - A Virginia high school teacher has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting an underage male student.
24-year-old Courtney Stewart was charged with two felony counts of taking indecent liberties while in a supervisory role following her arrest on Thursday by Richmond Police, according to the Daily Mail.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the teacher is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male student at Huguenot High School.
It is unknown if the student was in one of Stewart’s classes.
Stewart has been released from jail on $1,000 bond, and according to the Daily Mail has been suspended without pay until the case is finalized.
A spokeswoman for Richmond Public Schools, Cletisha Lovelace, told the Times-Dispatch that Stewart started teaching at the high school at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year.
“While privacy laws prevent us from sharing specific details, we want to reassure our families that Richmond Public Schools takes these allegations very seriously,” a statement from the school district reads.
“Incidents of this nature are a direct violation of our district policies and appropriate action will be taken upon a thorough investigation.
“We appreciate the strong partnership with the Richmond Police Department as we continue to make every effort to ensure the safety and well-being of our students.”
According to records acquired by the Times-Dispatch, the first alleged incident happened between November 24, 2015 and December 24, 2015.
The second alleged incident happened sometime last month and the alleged victim is the same in both incidents, according to the records.
Police are investigating if there are more victims, according to the Daily Mail.