An Ohio substitute teacher has been accused of sending partially nude photos to one of her students.
Mary Breth, a 25-year-old substitute teacher at Anna High School in Anna, Ohio, is facing charges due to an inappropriate relationship she allegedly had with a teenage student.
In early January, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office reported receiving two phone calls from concerned citizens about the alleged nude photos that a teacher from Anna High School had sent to a student, Sidney Daily News reports.
A police investigation revealed that Breth had sent several text messages and a photo to a male student. According to the sheriff’s office, the communication via text message started in 2013, when the student was 14, and continued until November 2015. The messages started out as flirtatious and then became more sexual throughout 2014 and 2015. In November 2015, Breth sent a photo of herself wearing only underwear with her arms covering her breasts.
Due to the evidence presented, much of which had been destroyed prior to the investigation, Breth is facing misdemeanor charges of contributing to delinquency of a child. Chief Deputy Jim Frye said that Breth's messages and photo were inappropriate but did not meet the requirements of a stronger charge.
“All we had to go on was the child, the parents of the child and the confession of the teacher,” Frye explained, according to Sidney Daily News. “If we didn’t have her confession we would probably not had a case at all. At that point it would have been all hearsay and without evidence to prove the allegation we would not have had enough to charge her with.”
Local residents are appalled at the accusations, with some demanding that substitute teachers should obtain the same qualifications and background checks as licensed teachers.
“It’s just shocking that in this day and age, with all the instances that happen, that this still continues,” Linda Glessner, who has lived in Anna for most of her life, told WRGT News. “Teachers are there not only to educate our students, but to give them a little bit of moral guidance. And if this is the kind of morals this person is exhibiting, then that’s the wrong message to send to our children."