Michele Maynard, 36, has been identified as the former teachers’ aide from Bradford County, Pennsylvania, that has been accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a female teenage student.
According to the Asylum Township Police Department, Maynard allegedly had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student that began in June 2018 and lasted until last month, when the teen told her parents about the relationship.
The 36-year-old Maynard, from Asylum Township, Pennsylvania, currently faces charges including institutional sexual assault.
In addition to the sexual relationship, Maynard allegedly bought beer for the alleged victim and her 14-year-old daughter “several times over the summer.”
The superintendent of the school district said that the school was notified of the allegations against Maynard by state police and suspended her immediately.
Maynard no longer works in the district.
According to court papers, the alleged victim, an underaged girl, told her father she was sexually assaulted by Maynard while attending a sleepover at Maynard’s house.
“At first it was extremely alarming to me because she had been my study hall teacher, and I mean, felt really bad for the daughter because I mean, of course, everyone is going to be talking about it,” said student Gabrail Maas.
“You would never think that your mom’s friend would be doing something like that, especially like, with a student at the school,” said student Kylicia Darrow.
Court papers say Maynard admitted she had inappropriately touched and kissed the underaged girl at least three times between June and August. Police say the assaults happened at Maynard’s house and at the Troy Fair.
According to police, the victim and Maynard were also texting details about the inappropriate sexual relationship to Maynard’s husband.
Maynard 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.