A high school science teacher in North Carolina has been arrested and is facing charges of sexually assaulting a student nine times.
Shebana Rajput, 35, a biology and physical science instructor since August 2005 at Jones Senior High School in Trenton, N.C., resigned her position May 21 – just two days before she was arrested in her home for alleged sexual conduct with a 17-year-old student, according to WNCT-TV.
Rajput is just the latest instructor to make WND’s big list of American teachers accused or convicted of having sexual relations with students.
Sheriff’s officials say she had sexual relations with the teen in her home on nine separate occasions between March and May of this year.
Major Chris Hill of the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office told reporters, “Consent is not a defense in this particular law so it doesn’t make a difference whether the student consented or not the fact a teacher has sex with a student makes it unlawful.”
Hill said it is possible that Rajput may have sexually assaulted more victims, and authorities are continuing the investigation.
Rajput has been charged with eight counts of sexual activity with a student and one count of sex offense with a student. She was being held in the Lenoir County Jail on $100,000 bail.
The victim’s gender has not been released.