While filing a complaint with the Lorain County Sheriff's Department, a teacher shared that she had a sexual relationship with a student, resulting in four sexual battery charges.
On March 21, Sarah Conway, 24, went to the Lorain County Sheriff's Office and told police she was being harassed by an 18-year-old student at Willow Creek Positive Education Program in Eaton Township. During the course of filing the harassment complaint, Conway revealed that she had been in a relationship with the student that began when he was 17 years old.
Authorities found text messages between Conway and the student that referenced a breakup and showed evidence of a sexual relationship. The messages were also the basis for the harassment complaint.
On Thursday, Conway turned herself in at the Lorain County Sheriff's Office.
Her bond has been set at $40,000 — $10,000 for each count. She was also told to not have any contact with the student.
School officials said they reported the inappropriate relationship to authorities when allegations surfaced on March 21. At that time, Conway was placed on administrative leave. Now that Conway has been charged, the school said she will be fired.
Positive Education Program sent the following statement:
This sort of alleged conduct directly contradicts with PEP’s mission to help troubled and troubling children learn and grow and will not be tolerated. In accordance with policy and legal standards, PEP has awaited the outcome of the police investigation, which just became known today. The process is underway to terminate this individual’s employment with Positive Education Program.
The complaint against the student was investigated, but no charges are expected to be filed against him.