UPDATE: Teacher arrested for "ongoing" sexual relationship with student
By WRCB Staff
Elizabeth Scroggs, 32, was arrested Wednesday.
WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -
UPDATE: A 32-year-old teacher at Coahulla Creek High School has been arrested for what investigators are calling a “sexual relationship” with one of her students.
Elizabeth Scroggs, a language arts teacher at the school, was arrested Wednesday at Coahulla Creek High School, and charged with “Sexual Assault by Persons with Supervisory or Disciplinary Authority,” a felony.
"When we spoke with the teacher she did acknowledge that a relationship had occurred, I think maybe ongoing," said Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood.
The student is said to be 18 years old.
Investigators received information about the relationship from school administrators. The relationship began in December, and according to the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office, did not take place on school property.
"It was not on campus, it was not on school property, it was not at school," said Sheriff Chitwood, "I think that will give a little calming sense I hope to the parents."
Scroggs started teaching in 2006 at New Hope Middle School.
Five years later she began teaching language arts at Coahulla Creek High School.
Scroggs even won a "Best of the Best" award in 2010 for Best Teacher.
"She's always been really effective at delivering instruction in class," said Communications Specialist Eric Beavers she just made a bad decision and it's going to be really hard for her."
Beavers said all teachers take ethics training before the start of every school year. Included in that training is addressing student/teacher relationships and their boundaries.
"Teachers should strive to be mentors, they should be examples, not just of education but of morals," Beaver said, "They're held to a higher standard in the community."
Police say the sexual relationship started in December with an 18 year old student, and the ongoing relationship was consensual.
But under Georgia state law, consent is no defense when one person holds authority over the other.
"It was an authoritative leadership supervisory position," Sheriff Chitwood said, "That's where the line was crossed."
Scroggs had her first court appearance Thursday where she was granted a $25,000 bond She was released Thursday evening.