Courtney Alfred, a 39-year-old alternative school principal, has been accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. Alfred was a principal at a Bedford, Ohio alternative school.
Alfred, 39, of Northfield, Ohio, has been charged with sexual battery in a series of incidents that allegedly happened during the 2016 school year at Education Alternatives.
According to reports, police say that the unidentified teen took a video of the two having sex. Alfred was identified in the video by her tattoo.
The student came to the Bedford Police Department on March 19 to report that Alfred had sex with him at the school. He provided text messages and a cellphone video that showed him having sex with a woman with a tattoo, court records say.
Detectives obtained a search warrant and confirmed Alfred has a matching tattoo before they arrested her Wednesday, court records say. Education Alternatives placed Alfred on administrative leave after learning of the allegations against her, the organization’s Executive Director Gerald Swartz said Tuesday in an email.
“Upon learning of the allegations, EA immediately began investigating and working with law enforcement,” Swartz said. “The employee has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.”
Alfred pleaded not guilty to the sexual battery charge and was bailed out on a $25,000 bond. Her next court appearance is scheduled for April 16.
Over the course of just a few months, educators across the country were arrested for entering into an inappropriate relationship with their students, Tennessee teacher Janet Smothers, LaToya Parker, Florida teacher Caroline Lawson, 26-year-old Allyson Moran and Katherine Ross Ridenhour were all arrested on similar charges.
The list goes on to include 22-year-old Oklahoma science teacher Hunter Day, 28-year-old teacher Megan Kotarski, 23-year-old history teacher Michelle Schiffer, 29-year-old Alyssia Marie Reddy, special education teacher Jordan Ondish and 28-year-old Samantha Fitzpatrick have all been allegedly carrying on inappropriate relationships with their students.
In addition, 31-year-old Nicole Marie Andrews, 32-year-old Jessica Langford, 29-year-old Andrea Baber, 27-year-old Robin Dunlap, 27-year-old Jennifer Olajire-Aro have also been charged with these charges.
42-year-old Heather Butts of California was arrested on a second-degree felony charge, Nancy Leigh Ann Brann, a former Christian school teacher, was arrested for having sex with a student, Coine Audiat pleaded no contest to having sex with a minor in 2016 and 23-year-old Darci Lake was arrested for an inappropriate relationship.