Former substitute Catholic high school teacher, Erica Suskie, 43, is accused of having sexual relations and sending explicit messages and photographs to a student.
Suskie appeared in court on Feb. 2, holding hands with her husband, to plead not guilty to charges of first-degree sexual assault.
Suskie taught at the Catholic High School for Boys in North Little Rock, Arkansas, where she allegedly had sex with a student outside of school when she was supposed to be tutoring him in algebra.
Principal Steve Straessle says Suskie was a volunteer substitute teacher for roughly one year until the accusations against her were raised in October 2015. He said Suskie passed a background check and was licensed through the Catholic diocese to work with minors, reports KATV.
Straessle wrote in a statement to KATV: “Catholic High addressed this issue three months ago and took all appropriate and necessary actions then to ensure the safety and security of our students.”
The victim was a family friend of the suspect, according to an affidavit acquired by KATV.
In a police interview, the victim said the relationship started when Suskie asked his parents if she could teach him algebra at her house.
The boy would run errands for Suskie at her home and have sexual intercourse with her there and at Suskie's parents' house, according to the affidavit, reports Daily Mail.
The sexual assaults took place between April and October 2015, according to Daily Mail.
Another witness -- who remains anonymous -- said in a separate police interview Suskie told him that the student “lied about there being a sexual relationship in an effort to impress his friends.”
The unnamed witness told authorities the victim had shown him text messages and a photograph the boy said Suskie had sent him “to prove they had a sexual relationship,” the affidavit said.
Suskie is due back in court for a review on March 16.