A substitute teacher was arrested last week after police say she had sexual encounters with students she invited to her Georgia home.
While Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office officials said the students were at the age of consent for the state, it was 38-year-old Laura Rich’s position of authority that makes her alleged deeds a crime.
Rich is accused of starting a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old shortly after she began substitute teaching in early 2015, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jay Baker said.
Rich is accused of having sex with an 18-year-old months later.
The Cherokee County School District notified police about the allegations.
“Our detectives conducted an investigation and determined that Rich had sex with a 16-year-old student in early 2015 and then had sex with an 18-year-old student in late 2015. The encounters occurred at her former home in Acworth,” Baker said in a statement.
In a statement, the school district said Rich’s last day as a substitute was August 19.
“Our School District has zero tolerance for inappropriate relationships between students and any adults serving in any capacity in our schools,” a spokesperson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Rich was charged Friday with two counts of sexual assault by a teacher. She was released on a $22,400 bond that same day.
According to online records, her first court appearance is scheduled for October 21.