23-Year-Old Female Teacher Arrested For Sexual Assault Of 19-Year-Old Student

A 23-year-old Georgia teacher was taken into custody on Monday.

Harlem, GA – A 23-year-old Georgia high school teacher was arrested for sexual assault on Monday, after investigators learned she had engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a 19-year-old student.

Harlem High School teacher Lesley Douglas has been charged with one count of sexual assault against a person in custody, due to the fact that she was in a position of authority over the student, WRDW reported.

Although it was unclear whether or not the unnamed 19-year-old was one of Douglas’ students, the individual did attend the high school that Douglas taught at.

The alleged sexual contact occurred on Mar. 27, at a boat ramp in Appling, Georgia, according to Douglas’ arrest warrant.

Investigators made contact with school officials on Apr. 11, and Douglas resigned the following day, WLOX reported.

She had been with the Columbia County School district for approximately one year.

“The Columbia County School District is committed to providing its students with the best education possible in a safe, positive environment,” school officials said in a press release, according to WRDW. “In doing so, we hold our faculty and staff to the highest standards and have zero tolerance for any behavior that detracts from our mission."

Douglas appeared to be married, according to her social media accounts.

Douglas had not been offered bond, the Columbia County Sheriff’s office said, according to WRDW.

This incident comes after a 22-year-old female teacher in Connecticut was charged with three counts of felony sexual assault for having a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old male student who attended a different school in her school district.

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Aaron57
Aaron57

If both parties were legally adults at the time of contact, and there are no allegations of any coercing, ie., it was consensual, why is there a legal issue?
Sure, let the school terminate her, but the charge doesn't fit the crime.

Lt Retired OCPD
Lt Retired OCPD

Because the student attended the school and she is therefore in a position of authority over him. She probably thought the same thing. But the law is clear. If he is a student and she the teacher, it is illegal.

Heezels
Heezels

Which is stupid. To some degree descretion needs to be used here because what is possible harm? Unless of course, the student is in someway developmentally challenged.

DOUGLASCAHILL001
DOUGLASCAHILL001

There is a line that must never be crossed, that of teacher/student. Even though there is was 4 years difference in ages, that she was a teacher in the school where the student attended makes all the difference.

ABETTERDJ
ABETTERDJ

This is plain BS. They are both adults, off school property and off the time clock. If it is consensual then it's none of anybody's business but theirs. Don't we have some more serious criminals we can go after? Let's track down some gas pump skimmers or something. PLEASE!