Police reports reveal details in alleged teacher-student sexual relationship that lasted 3 years

Posted at 6:12 PM, Aug 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-14 19:22:18-04

Two police agencies that received complaints alleging a 3-year sexual relationship between a former Buchtel High School teacher and student concluded there was not enough evidence initially to pursue charges.

Laura Lynn Cross, 36, is accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with the teenage student beginning in August, 2013 and ending last September.

She remains in the Summit County Jail charged with 3 counts of sexual battery.

Despite repeated raised flags, charges were filed only this month after it was revealed Cross had given birth to the teen's son in December, 2015.

Our exclusive investigation first broke details of the alleged sexual relationship last Friday when the teen's father described how Cross obtained "partial custody" that allowed the teen to actually move into her Tallmadge home in August, 2013.

On Monday, we obtained two police reports that reveal additional details of the alleged affair.

On June 4, 2015, the teen's mother--who had custody--filed a complaint with Akron Police describing alleged sex with a minor.

In the report, the teen's mother describes discovering a series of text messages from Cross to her son that raised her suspicions.

Among the text messages: "You couldn't love me hold me, love me, comfort me."

Even so, she told Akron police that she "chose not to remove her son from the home because she didn't want her son to hate her".

She then contacted both Summit County Juvenile Prosecutors as well as Tallmadge police where her son was living with Cross.

Tallmadge Police Chief Ron Williams said his department investigated but concluded "there was not enough evidence to bring charges".

Meanwhile, Summit County Children Services would not confirm whether or not they were contacted by the courts, prosecutors or police about the allegations despite a reporting agreement that requires notification even if it's only suspicious.

In addition, a spokesperson for Akron Public Schools says it began investigating the case Friday following our report and concluded Monday that no one at the school has a record of a complaint or meeting with school officials about the allegations.