Stephanie Seabury, ex-LIer teaching in Delaware, charged with sex abuse of 13-year-old student
A former Long Island woman teaching in Delaware had sex with one of her 13-year-old students and exchanged "explicit" photos and phone messages with him, Dover city police said in announcing her arrest.
Stephanie Seabury, 22, a middle school teacher who had lived in Hauppauge, turned herself in Monday and was charged with sexual abuse of a child by a person in a position of trust or authority, a felony, police said. She was released on a $40,000 bond bail.
The student told investigators that he and Seabury met several times at prearranged locations within walking distance of Fred Fifer III Middle School in Camden, said police spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman. She would drive him to her Dover apartment, he said.
Her attorney, John Garey, said she "maintains her innocence."
Surveillance footage on Feb. 26 showed Seabury and the student leaving the school together and walking toward her car at about 3:50 p.m., police said.
Officials at the Caesar Rodney School District, which runs the middle school, said they alerted police after learning about the relationship.
"I believe it was just from him talking to friends," Hoffman said, "and it eventually got back to school authorities." Seabury was suspended with pay, district officials said.
At her former Hauppauge home, Stephen Seabury declined to comment when asked if he was the suspect's father.
According to her LinkedIn profile, Seabury graduated from Hauppauge High School in 2009 and the University of Delaware last year. She wrote she was hired in August to teach seventh-grade English.
Hoffman said the two began meeting as early as February and the relationship lasted into early March. "We don't think that it was sexual in nature the entire length of the relationship," he said. "We're not sure exactly how this started . . . whether it was tutoring, an after class thing or social media."
In a statement, Superintendent John Fitzgerald said counseling will be available at the school and a letter had notified parents.