June 01, 2011
Boiling Springs, S. C. (The Weekly Vice) - Abby McElhenny, a 23-year-old Spanish teacher was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly had an ongoing sexual relationship with a student.
According to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office, an investigation was launched after a friend of the teen's family saw McElhenny holding hands with the boy at a restaurant and Spartanburg's annual Spring Fling festival.
Investigators say the boy's mother checked his mobile phone after he was caught in a lie about spending the night with a friend. When she logged into his phone, she reportedly found hundreds of text messages that had been exchanged with the same number.
The mother then had a friend call the number, pretending to be a newspaper subscription salesperson, which revealed who the number belonged to. The boy's mother gathered the information and turned it over to the Sheriff's office.
Investigators believe the relationship began around Christmas day and continued until late last month. Detectives subpoenaed more than 750 text messages that had been exchanged between the teacher and student.
McElhenny, who resides in Duncan, resigned from her teaching position on Tuesday and turned herself into authorities on Wednesday.
She has been charged with sexual battery of a student 16 or 17 years of age. Bail information has not yet been made available.
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Posted by Danny Vice at 9:53:00 PM
Abby McElhenny -Teacher - Was Caught Having A "Spring Fling" With Student