Leigh Anne Arthur student charged: A teacher’s privacy and tenure is compromised but she’s forced to bear the fall out. Until now.
The 16 year old student who stole risqué images from South Carolina teacher Leigh Anne Arthur’s cellphone has today been charged with a computer crime and voyeurism.
A report via wspa tells Chief Sam White of the Public Safety Department in northwestern South Carolina saying the 16 year old teen was taken into custody at Union High School on Friday.
The boy, charged as a juvenile is understood to being held for a hearing in a family court.
The report notes the youth being charged with violating the state’s computer crime act and aggravated voyeurism.
A report via the albanytimesunion notes the voyeurism charge makes it illegal, for the purpose of sexual gratification, to record or make a digital file of another person without his or her consent. The computer crimes charge makes it illegal to take possession or deprive the owner of a computer of computer data.
Both charges are misdemeanors for a first offense. But if the teen is convicted on both counts he could be sentenced to a maximum fine of $10,500 and four years in prison.
The charges come after community demand to have the teen boy held legally accountable after the school initially declined to move forward in reprimanding the youth.
In turn the school forced the teacher’s hand, telling her that she was responsible for allowing the images to be disseminated and causing moral turpitude and the delinquency of a minor when the risque images made the school rounds.
Told she had the choice of being fired or resigning of her own volition, the woman’s ouster led to nation wide condemnation (in the form of a petition which to date has garnered close to 12K signatures) and demands to have Arthur be given her job back, despite the ongoing objections of David Eubanks, interim superintendent of the Union Schools District.
To date the school official maintains that it was Leigh Anne Arthur’s fault for leaving students unattended during a four-minute break between classes. A point of view many have wondered is akin to claiming it’s a woman’s fault if she is raped if she dresses too provocatively.
Tended the school official via the dailymail yesterday: ‘One of the most critical responsibilities that a classroom teacher has is the supervision of students. In this particular case there was a breakdown in the classroom in that most critical area.
‘Evidence and statements indicate that the teacher was not where she should have been at the time the incident occurred.
‘As a result, a student accessed inappropriate material on her phone, sent it to others, and as a result may also be severely punished by law enforcement as well as the school district.
‘This is a case where a staff member, properly supervising students, could have prevented a very serious problem.
‘Contrary to statements attributed to Ms. Arthur concerning the phone, evidence indicates that students routinely used the teacher’s cell phone with her full permission.’
‘The teacher involved has widely reported that the student is not being punished. That is incorrect along with many other statements made by her.
‘The extent of the punishment of the student will be determined by the findings of law enforcement. One error, along with many false statements, by a teacher, has and will affect the lives of many.’
To date the school board continues to maintain the view that it enacted the right policy when it asked the ‘errant’ teacher to leave.
Of note, Arthur has since told of now pressing charges against the student next week.