Charlton County High School Teacher DaNita Wilson Accused of Sex with 7 Students
WPTV reports that DaNita Wilson, 32, a longtime math teacher at Charlton County High School in Folkston, was booked into police custody on Tuesday and charged with seven counts of sexual assault. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said even more charges could be filed against Wilson in connection with the alleged sexual misconduct. She is being held on a $30,000 bond.
“After we began the investigation, there was enough that developed to arrest Ms. Wilson,” GBI agent Stacy Carson said. “The investigation is still ongoing.”
“Some of the (relationships) had been going on for at least one year or longer,” Carson said.
One of Wilson’s alleged victims is 15 years old. The others were all over 16, the age of consent in Georgia. But according to the Florida Times-Union, Georgia state law was recently changed so that having sex with a student is a felony carrying a 1-50 year prison sentence and up to a $100,000 fine, regardless of whether the student is over the age of consent.
Wilson has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of an investigation.
Charlton County Schools Superintendent John Lairsey said the school is fully cooperating with investigators.
“We are dedicated to the well-being to all of our students and are fully cooperating with the GBI and their investigation,” Lairsey told WPTV. “Anytime a school system employee or teacher commits an act that is inappropriate, that gives us a black eye on educators everywhere.”
Lairsey said he will be recommending Wilson’s termination at an upcoming hearing.
“We’re just shocked and disappointed,” he told WPTV. “And it’s just hard to believe. Just disappointed and disheartened that people we put our trust in would violate that trust.”
Wilson is the latest in a string of female teachers to be accused of having sex with students this year.
Jennalin Garcia-Calle, 26, a teacher at Plainfield High School in Plainfield, New Jersey, was arrested last week for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old student in her classroom while school was in session.
Clarice Lee, a 22-year-old teacher’s aide in Tucson, Arizona was arrested earlier this week and charged with having group sex with three Amphitheater High School students while other boys watched and filmed the orgy.
Last week, Tonya Flink, 39, a former teacher at Haltom High School in Haltom, Texas was arrested over allegations she had sex with four students.
Earlier this month, 40-year-old Stephanie Raleen Forbes, also from Texas was charged with having sex with a student from League City High School in League City, Texas.
Kristina Ngum, 43, was arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina and charged with having sex with a male student.
And in Columbia, South Carolina, 34-year-old Kinsley Wentzky was arrested and charged with sexual battery of a 17-year-old male student.