Rebecca Carol Swinson, a 38-year-old former East Forsyth High School teacher, has been accused of having sex with a male student and taking incident liberties with another male student on the school’s campus.
According to the Kernersville police, Swinson, of Winston-Salem, has been charged with 16 counts of indecent liberties with two students and three counts of sex acts with one of the students. The alleged incidents reportedly happened during the fall semester of 2017 on the East Forsyth High School campus. The arrest warrant indicates that some of the offenses happened in early November 2017.
While police said that the investigation began on July 30, investigators did not disclose how they learned about the allegations against Swinson.
Swinson was being held at the Forsyth County Jail with her bond set at $150,000 and was later released from custody after she posted bond.
Brent Campbell, a spokesman for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, said that she had been teaching at East Forsyth High since 2007.
Swinson’s lawyers released the following statement:
“Rebecca Swinson was an English teacher, cross-country coach, and member of the East Forsyth High School community for 5 years. When Rebecca learned of the charges against her she cooperated with law enforcement and turned herself in. Due to the nature of the charges, it is tempting to rush to judgment; however, we would caution the public against doing so. This is a very difficult time for Rebecca, her family, and dear friends. We would ask that she and all of the individuals involved be given privacy. We have great confidence in the legal process and that justice will be served for Rebecca and those involved.”
Swinson is just the latest teacher to be charged for an inappropriate relationship with a teenager. Over the course of just a few months, educators across the country were arrested for entering into an inappropriate relationship with their students, Tennessee teacher Janet Smothers, LaToya Parker, Florida teacher Caroline Lawson, 26-year-old Allyson Moran and Katherine Ross Ridenhour were all arrested on similar charges. A woman named Kayla Sprinkles was arrested in North Carolina for similar sexual crimes.
The list goes on to include 22-year-old Oklahoma science teacher Hunter Day, 28-year-old teacher Megan Kotarski, 23-year-old history teacher Michelle Schiffer, 29-year-old Alyssia Marie Reddy, special education teacher Jordan Ondish and 28-year-old Samantha Fitzpatrick have all been allegedly carrying on inappropriate relationships with their students.
In addition, 31-year-old Nicole Marie Andrews, 32-year-old Jessica Langford, 29-year-old Andrea Baber, 27-year-old Robin Dunlap, 27-year-old Jennifer Olajire-Aro have also been charged with these charges.
34-year-old Miranda Nicole Pauley was charged with similar crimes, Nancy Leigh Ann Brann, a former Christian school teacher, was arrested for having sex with a student, Coine Audiat pleaded no contest to having sex with a minor in 2016 and 23-year-old Darci Lake was arrested for an inappropriate relationship. 27-year-old Brittany Zamora from Arizona was arrested on similar charges. Keri Hoffman, 35, was also arrested for an alleged relationship with a student. More recently, 29-year-old Tiffany Ranweiler-Oblander and 33-year-old Maren Oates were arrested on similar charges.