Jennifer Olajire-Aro, a 27-year-old Burke High School teacher in Charleston, South Carolina has been arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. Olajire-Aro also coaches tennis at the school.
According to reports, the alleged relationship lasted several months before the student notified Burke High School officials.
Olajire-Aro faces a count of sexual battery with a student, a felony charge which carries up to five years in prison.
via Post and Courier:
The 17-year-old student told Burke High officials about the months-long relationship, the police said.
“The incidents occurred off campus,” spokesman Charles Francis said. No details were immediately available.
A Charleston County School District spokesman declined to comment on the case or on Olajire-Aro’s employment status with the district.
A directory on the school’s website lists Jennifer Aro but contains no further information.
Olajire-Aro was charged with sexual battery of a student and was being held in the Al Cannon Detention Center. She was scheduled to have a bond hearing on at 2 PM on Tuesday, December 19.
This is the latest in a string of teacher/student sex scandals this year. In November, Tennessee teacher Janet Smothers was arrested. Former nutrition teacher LaToya Parker was also arrested for a relationship with a student. Florida teacher Caroline Lawson was charged with sexual assault. 26-year-old Allyson Moran was also arrested for similar crimes. The 23-year-old high school teacher Katherine Ross Ridenhour was also arrested for an inappropriate relationship.
Furthermore, Hunter Day, 22, was also arrested after a sting operation. Megan Kotarski was also arrested on similar charges. Michelle Schiffer, a 23-year-old history teacher in Texas, was also charged and arrested for allegedly having sex with a teenage student. 29-year-old Alyssia Marie Reddy was arrested in Maryland for her crimes in New Jersey. Samantha Fitzgerland, a 28-year-old, was most recently arrested and charged. Jordan Ondish was arrested for her inappropriate relationship with a 19-year-old, while 28-year-old Samantha Fitzpatrick was arrested on similar charges.
Nicole Marie Andrews was arrested as well. 32-year-old Jessica Langford was arrested and charged with sexual assault-related crimes as well. A teacher from Oregon, Andrea Baber, was accused of having a sexual relationship with a student. Robin Dunlap, a teacher in Florida, was arrested for send illicit photos to a 15-year-old boy in Texas.