A Delaware English teacher is accused of having sex with a 13-year-old boy who she sexted with on multiple occasions.
Fred Fifer III Middle School teacher Stephanie Seabury surrendered to Dover Police Monday morning on a sexual abuse of a child by a person of trust charge.
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Police allege the 22-year-old first year teacher would meet her teenage student and then drive him to her unit at Woodmill Apartments at 1300 S Farmview Drive in Dover.
"It was a very highly inappropriate relationship," said Dover Police Cpl. Mark Hoffman. "Especially with a 13-year-old and a 22-year-old, and, of course, being a teacher."
Police say that on Feb. 26, Seabury and her student were captured on surveillance video leaving the Caesar Rodney School District school and getting into Seabury’s car. Investigators say Seabury then drove the teen to her apartment where two had sex.
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Police learned of the alleged assault on March 12 and began to investigate. That investigation revealed a series of “explicit phone message and photographs during the inappropriate relationship,” police said.
In police papers, investigators allege that Seabury likely went back to her apartment with the boy more than the one time for which she is charged.
Seabury was booked Monday morning and released after her parents helped her post $40,000 secured bond. The Long Island, N.Y. native and University of Delaware graduate had no comment as NBC10 cameras exclusively captured her leaving custody Monday morning and driving off in a sports utility vehicle.
School district superintendent Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald released a statement Monday that said the district was cooperating fully with the investigation since the allegations came to light.
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Fitzgerald said Seabury was suspended without pay since the initial report surfaced.
"The district will take the appropriate personnel action as dictated by state and federal regulations," Fitzgerald said.
The school district sent home a letter to parents and said that there will be assistance offered to any child or staff member who needs it.