A former fifth-grade teacher in North Carolina is facing statutory rape charges after allegedly having a sexual relationship with a student she previously taught.
Megan Selfe, 25, was arrested on Feb. 6 on felony charges of statutory rape of a child under the age of 15 and indecent liberties with a child, WRAL reports.
Selfe, a former teacher at Creedmoor Elementary School, worked at the school from January through July in 2016 before resigning. Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins told the station that investigators believe that the sexual contact occurred on more than one occasion.
Stan Winborne, a spokesperson for Granville County Schools, said it’s unclear whether the relationship began when Selfe was teaching the child — who was 10 or 11 years old at the time of the alleged sexual conduct — or if it occurred sometime afterward.
Selfe, who was released after posting $150,000 bond, appeared before a judge on Wednesday and is “operating under the presumption of innocence right now,” her attorney told WSPA.
“Under the law that says she has the presumption of innocence, which is the way anyone would want to be treated if they were charged with a crime,” attorney Jesse Scharff said.
Selfe, who is currently unemployed and had no prior criminal record, has since moved to Pennsylvania. Scharff said her resignation didn’t have anything to do with the charges she now faces.
Selfe has also previously worked as a kindergarten teacher at a charter school in Henderson called Henderson Collegiate. The school’s executive director notified parents that Selfe had worked at the school but confirmed that none of its students were involved in the case, WSPA reports.
School officials, meanwhile, said that they followed “our policies and our procedures to the letter” in a statement obtained by WNCN.
“We’re always trying to be vigilant in making sure that our kids are safe,” the statement read. “Granville County Schools takes the well-being of all of its students very seriously. We take every measure possible to ensure that our students are in a safe learning environment. All of our employees undergo extensive background checks prior to being employed and we take care to supervise our children while they’re with us in our schools to ensure they are as safe as they possibly can be.”