A Delaware Middle School teacher has been charged with sexual abuse after she admitted to police she had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old student.
Stephanie Seabury, 22, told police she repeatedly had sex with the student and exchanged a number of sexually explicit photos and texts in recent months.
The Dover Police Department discovered in their investigation that Seaburn took the boy home with her after school on multiple occasions. School surveillance videos show Seaburn and the boy walking to the teacher’s car and leaving together.
The teacher’s inappropriate relationship with the student was reported after someone discovered her texts with the boy. Seaburn was promptly arrested and suspended by the school district.
Multiple parents of children at the school have spoken about the scandal.
“I’m glad they removed her immediately and did the right thing. My heart goes out to the student who now has to be in the school,” parent Michele Marvel said.
Another parent said instances like this are exactly why parents should be checking text messages on their child's phone.
“As parents you should be checking their texts and you should be checking everything they have,” parent Jesse Allen said. “It doesn’t reflect on all teachers, there’s always one bad egg somewhere. There’s always somebody somewhere.”
Caesar Rodney School District Superintendent Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald released the following statement on Seabury’s charges:
“Upon learning of alleged inappropriate behavior of a Fred Fifer III Middle School teacher with a student, the Caesar Rodney School District immediately contacted the appropriate law enforcement agency. The district has since continued to work with law enforcement and the Attorney General’s office during their investigation. The teacher, Stephanie Seabury, has been suspended with pay since the initial report. The district will take the appropriate personnel action as dictated by state and federal regulations."