A North Carolina prep school math teacher has been accused of sexually assaulting three students between the ages of 16 and 17. Her name is Erin Elizabeth McAuliffe. She’s was a 25-year-old teacher at Rocky Mount Preparatory School, who found herself behind bars.
McAuliffe has charged with three counts of sexual activity with a student and one count of indecent liberties with a minor. She was arrested on Thursday, May 8, 2017. Investigations into this math teacher began at May 5th when officials at Rocky Mount Prep reported a “possible inappropriate relationship at their campus.” According to Rocky Mount police Cpl. Mike Lewis, one of the students was 16 and two were 17.
Police said, “The information from the school was related to a math teacher having inappropriate sexually related contact with three juvenile male students off campus.”
Before police made their arrest, investigations interviewed a slew of students and faculty members.
Ms. McAuliffe first began working at Rocky Mount Preparatory School in August 2016. She was let go in May 2017. Erin was removed from school on May 4th and later fired on May 8th after accusations against McAuliffe came to light. This was her first (and probably last) job as a full-time professor.
She could face more than five years in prison, if convicted of all four charges. The indecent liberties charge is labeled as a Class F felony. The sexual activity charge is labelled as a Class G felony. However, McAuliffe does not have a criminal record as of yet. North Carolina currently has a structured sentencing system to determine punishment based off the suspect’s prior criminal record.
McAuliffe’s bail has been set at $20,000, and her first court appearance is scheduled for June 12th at Nash County District Court in Nashville, North Carolina.
Todd Pipkin, the head of the Rocky Mount Preparatory school, said that they have ‘fully cooperated with police on this matter and she is no longer an employee of the school.’ Furthermore, Pipkin said that McAuliffe’s employment at the school ended on May 4, the day before police were called in to investigate.