CHARLESTON, SC (WSPA) — Authorities say a high school student who went through his teacher’s cellphone, found a nude picture of her and posted it online has been charged with a computer crime and voyeurism.
Chief Sam White of the Public Safety Department in northwestern South Carolina said the 16-year-old was taken into custody at Union High School on Friday.
The boy, charged as a juvenile, is being held for a hearing in family court.
Union County Schools Superintendent Dr. David Eubanks released a statement Friday in response to the arrest of the student in connection with the spreading of nude pictures of former teacher Leigh Anne Arthur.
Eubanks says in the statement that the student is now facing expulsion and that Arthur is using the media to “transmit false information intended for the purpose of deflecting the incident totally to students.” Read his full statement below.
Arthur sent 7News her reaction to the arrest, saying, “This will set an example.”
She went on to say she was, “relieved and proud they are holding him accountable and responsible for his actions. When you’re 16 just being sorry for something of this severity is not enough anymore.”
Read the full statement from Dr. Eubanks:
It is my understanding that one student has been charged with the crime of transmitting pornographic material using electronic media. The exact charges have not been provided to the school district by local police who have been involved with this incident from the start. The student will now also face possible expulsion from the school District.
It is truly unfortunate that a teacher charged with proper supervision and care of students failed to fulfill that responsibility in her classroom. Evidence indicates that Leigh Anne Arthur was not in her assigned position at the time of the incident. Evidence also indicates that she allowed students to use her personal cell phone on a regular and routine basis. Evidence also indicates that the phone was routinely left on her desk for student use and was never locked.
Ms. Arthur has used the media to transmit false information obviously intended for the purpose of deflecting the incident totally to students. The evidence available, points to the extent of her false statements.
Her failure to supervise her students along with allowing students routine access to her personal cell phone constitute an evident unfitness for Ms. Arthur to continue as a classroom teacher. We are not aware of charges that may be filed against Ms. Arthur. We do know that her failure to properly supervise students entrusted to her care will negatively impact the lives of students and their parents.
Arthur claims the principal requires all teachers to be in the hallway, greeting students as they enter the classroom, which is where she was when the student took the photos from her phone.
She also says she only allowed one student, her nephew, to use her phone one time with her and his mother’s permission.