Bethany Appleton, 28-year-old female teacher at Shelbyville Middle School, Shelbyville, Indiana, has been accused of having sexual relations with students and giving them alcohol and marijuana, and was arrested earlier this month for allegedly engaging in sex with several middle school students.
Appleton faces multiple felony counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, child seduction, maintaining a common nuisance and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Investigators said that Appleton had sexual relations with at least one student at her residence, but expect there are several victims. Appleton is also accused of providing thestudents with alcohol and marijuana.
The investigation also found that Appleton drank and smoked marijuana with the students in incidents that occurred between April 2011 and May 2012, police said.
Shelbyville Central Schools Superintendent David Adams released a statement Wednesday concerning Appleton’s arrest.
“Shelbyville Central Schools has been informed of an ongoing investigation by the Shelbyville Police Department concerning the conduct of one of our teachers. SCS is cooperating fully with the police in the investigation,” Adams said. “SCS holds its teachers to a high standard of conduct and takes these allegations very seriously.”
Adams said Appleton is no longer employed by the district. Court documents stated that she was “having high school aged boys go over to her house for pizza and sex”.
Appleton pleaded not guilty to the felony charges and was released from the Shelby County Jail after she posted a $2,005 cash bond
According to Appleton’s biography posted online, she began working with Shelbyville Middle School in the Fall of 2008. She said she was hired as a Mild Disabilities teacher.
On the website, she wrote: “I have always wanted to be a teacher and am so glad that I have the opportunity to work with so many great teachers and students here at Shelbyville Middle School. GO GOLDEN BEARS!!!!“