A teacher and a counselor at Amphitheater High School have been placed on administrative leave after allegations that the male teacher had sex with a 16-year-old student emerged.
According to court records, Amphi principal Jon Lansa notified police about a possible inappropriate relationship between the 14-year high school teacher and the student.
Court records state that Lansa was shown Facebook messages between the teacher and the student, who were allegedly discussing the current condition of her vehicle so she could go to the teacher’s house.
While the student initially denied any type of relationship with a teacher, police were informed that the 16-year-old female student had actually written a letter to the school’s counselor about the affair.
The counselor is suspected of hiding the letter because she was having a relationship with the teacher in question. According to Superior Court documents, the alleged incident with the 16-year-old female student took place on Oct. 22 at the teacher’s home.
Through a series of search warrants, the police have searched the teacher’s phone, laptop and computer, along with both the teacher and counselor’s computers at Amphi High School. The counselor and teacher have been place on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues.
Todd Jaeger, a spokesman for Amphitheater School District, said the district is also investigating the accusations, but will follow the criminal proceedings closely.
The Explorer does not provide names of victims in a sexual crime case, and withheld the names of the counselor and teacher because no charges have been filed at this time.