Update: According to an arrest affidavit, the Alabama high school Spanish teacher who was sleeping with a student, did so at the school, at least once.
According the affidavit, one of the sex acts between the teacher and student occurred between 2:30 and 4:30 on Nov. 8, at the school.
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Montgomery Advertiser, Ala.
Montgomery Police Department has charged a Sidney Lanier High School teacher with engaging in a sexual act with a student under the age of 19.
Natasha Patronsky, a 24-year-old Spanish teacher at the school, turned herself into MPD on Wednesday after a sexual assault investigation began Nov. 16, according to a release from Capt. Regina Duckett, MPD public information officer.
The victim was a male student, the release said. Patronsky was a first-year teacher, hired by the school district Aug. 2, MPS senior communication officer Tom Salter said.
The alleged act took place on Nov. 8.
Patronsky resigned on Nov. 20. One week later, on Tuesday, Salter said he and Superintendent Ann Roy Moore were unaware of any incident or investigation and would not provide any information regarding employees on administrative leave.
“We have not received any report concerning this event. If there is an investigation and we are contacted, we will certainly cooperate fully,” Salter wrote.
The same day, Lanier Principal Antonio Williams said he was aware of the investigation.
After the arrest Wednesday, MPS released a statement from Moore.
“We are shocked to hear of this allegation,” Moore said in the release. “We support law enforcement in their work to get to the truth in this matter. Any person found guilty of putting a child’s safety at risk, should be punished to the full extent of the law.”
Patronsky is being held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under a $7,500 bond. The charge is a class B felony, punishable by no less than two years and no more than 20 years in prison.
An Advertiser review on Tuesday showed she does not hold a certification or license to teach. On Wednesday, the Alabama Department of Education website was updated to include: “Alleged misconduct has been reported to the Department; at this time the Department has not proposed any negative action against the individual’s certification or licensure; this status will be updated as soon as possible.”
The hiring of non-certified teachers is common practice. There are three routes districts can rely on for temporary certificates, including the Emergency Certificate. The emergency certificate is for one year, not renewable and does not lead to an Alabama professional certification.
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