A Summerville, South Carolina middle school teacher will apparently avoid jail time for a relationship with a 12-year-old female student that featured sensual messages and kisses.
According to CBS affiliate WCSC, former Oakbrook Middle School teacher Allison Chilton, 27, has been sentenced to five years on probation for the inappropriate student relationship.
She pleaded guilty to charges of criminal solicitation of a minor and third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
The criminal case stems from 2017, when the victim’s father found out about Chilton’s attempts to entice her underage daughter into a sexual relationship.
The relationship came to light when the victim’s father requested a report be done at the sheriff’s office after he found proof of the alleged relationship according to the incident report
According to The Charleston Post and Courier, Chilton also open-mouth kissed and fondled the 12 year old on a number of occasions in addition to the suggestive texts.
The victim’s father told investigators he believed the relationship began when Chilton taught his daughter in the seventh grade.
He told authorities he became suspicious when he learned his daughter had been meeting the teacher in the classroom while other students were out for recess.
Chilton is a special education teacher in English language arts and mathematics, according to the school’s website.Dorchester District 2 teacher accused of kissing, having relationship with 12-year-old studentTHE POST AND COURIER
According to NBC affiliate WIS, the middle school teacher taught language arts and math prior to her suspension for the inappropriate student relationship.
Chilton formally resigned from the school district after she was taken into custody in 2018, ABC affiliate WCIV reported.
Police said the sexual misconduct would have taken place between August and December of 2017.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Chilton and the underage student had any further sexual contact other than the open-mouthed kisses and fondling.
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The middle school teacher had actually been sentenced to 10 years of probation for the inappropriate student relationship, but five years were suspended.
In addition, a permanent restraining order was granted for Chilton’s minor victim.
The former teacher has also been placed on the sex offender registry with active GPS monitoring.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Chilton had an attorney available for comment.
The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office began investigating Chilton after the father of one of Chilton’s former students discovered text messages between the teacher and his daughter, deputies say.