RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - An exceptional education teacher at a Richmond high school is accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage male student. Courtney B. Stewart, 24, is charged with two counts of taking indecent liberties while in a supervisory role, both felonies.
Richmond police said Stewart was just taken into custody Thursday night, and an RPS spokesperson said she has been suspended without pay.
At this point, it's not clear if anything happened on campus, but police said they are looking to see if there are any other alleged victims.
Court records showed there were two alleged incidents indicating an inappropriate sexual relationship. According to records, it began in November of last year and lasted until December. The next alleged incident was in February. It does not say the exact age of the student, only that he is less than 18 years old.
Her Facebook page said she graduated from VCU, and she's been interested in teaching for quite some time. One post that dated back to 2013 said she was substitute teaching. It did not say where the photo was taken.
A Richmond school spokesperson released this statement about the arrest:
"While privacy laws prevent us from sharing specific details, we want to reassure our families that Richmond Public Schools takes these allegations very seriously. Incidents of this nature are a direct violation of our district policies and appropriate action will be taken upon a thorough investigation. We appreciate the strong partnership with the Richmond Police Department as we continue to make every effort to ensure the safety and well-being of our students."
Stewart taught children in the exceptional education program at Huguenot High School. She just started full time this school year.
If you have information about this case, police ask you to call or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.
Stewart's next court date is set for next week.
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