Emma Logan Costner, a 25-year-old former high school teacher at Crest High School, has been arrested for having a sexual relationship with a student. Costner allegedly had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a Crest High School student while she was teaching there.
According to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, Costner turned herself into police without incident on Wednesday, October 3, and was arrested and charged with two counts of sex act with a student. Sex with a student is a felony charge.
Costner was being held in Cleveland County Detention Center under $10,000 bond. Crest High School is located in Shelby, North Carolina.
WSOC reports that the victim’s parents found out about the alleged relationship and contacted authorities. Police say they do not believe any of the alleged sexual encounters happened on Crest High School grounds.
Costner is just the latest teacher to be charged for inappropriate conduct. 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. A woman named Kayla Sprinkles was arrested in North Carolina for similar sexual crimes.
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.
34-year-old Miranda Nicole Pauley was charged with similar crimes, 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. 27-year-old Brittany Zamora from Arizona was arrested on similar charges. Keri Hoffman, 35, was also arrested for an alleged relationship with a student. Similarly, 29-year-old Tiffany Ranweiler-Oblander and 33-year-old Maren Oates were arrested on similar charges.