Emily Nesbit has resigned from her job as an 11th grade teacher amid charges that she had sex with a male student inside her classroom, saying it was a “bad decision.”
The 31-year-old teacher resigned from her job at Cumberland Valley High School in Pennsylvania, where she had been an English teacher. Police have charged her with institutional sexual assault for what they said was a sex act with a student who was 18 years old.
Court records showed that messages on the student’s phone indicate that Emily Nesbit and the student had discussed having sex.
Nesbit was arraigned last week and later released on $100,000 unsecured bail, but some students had a hard time believing the allegations against the popular teacher.
“At first I didn’t really know, because there were so many rumors going around, something about it going on for years, different students. And it’s like, I don’t know what’s true and what’s not,” a student told CBS affiliate WHP.
Though students were shocked, Emily Nesbit was contrite about allegedly having sex with a student inside her classroom. She released a statement through her lawyer Brian W. Perry that expressed regret for the incident.
The statement read:
“Emily has been completely cooperative with law enforcement and has resigned her teaching position with the Cumberland Valley School District. She made a series of bad decisions at a low point in her life. These bad decisions will dramatically affect her former student and his family, not to mention the lives of Emily and her family. She intends to accept responsibility in court and continue to work on her personal issues that lead to the alleged inappropriate conduct.”
If convicted of having sex with a student inside her classroom, teacher Emily Nesbit could face up to seven years in prison and a 10-year registration as a sex offender.