Ohio high school teacher arrested for having sex with two students in her car and home, pleads not guilty
The accused Laura Dunker has been indicted on six counts of sexual battery and one count of tampering with evidence
CLEVELAND, OHIO: A former Ohio high school teacher was arrested and charged after being accused of having sex with two students on numerous occasions, including at her home and in her car.
Laura Dunker, 30, first came to the attention of the authorities in November after officials at the Bedford High School reported a "possible inappropriate sexual relationship" between her and a student, according to Cleveland.com.
Police confirmed on December 4 that the teacher had "sexual activity" with not one, but two students, and referred the case to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office for a possible indictment.
Late in December, she was indicted on six counts of sexual battery and one count of tampering with evidence, with court documents obtained by People revealing the sordid details of her illicit relationship.
The alleged incidents between Dunker and the students occurred between November 1, 2018 and October 19, 2019 and in one instance, the 30-year-old is said to have picked one of the students up before school and have sex with him in a park.
Two other incidents reportedly occurred at her home.
The other charge stems from a November 6, 2019 instance where Dunker tampered with evidence despite "knowing that an official proceeding or investigation was in progress."
Following the allegations against Dunker, she was placed on leave, and eventually, she resigned from her position at the school.
"As I previously shared with our community, we immediately put the teacher on leave in order to protect the safety and well-being of our students," read a statement issued by Superintendent Andrea Celico. "The Board of Education accepted her resignation on December 5."
"We offered services for those affected and will continue to offer support to those who may have been impacted by these allegations," the statement continued. "As always, our priority is the care and concern for the student victims and our school community as a whole."
On January 6, Dunker appeared in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, where she pleaded not guilty to her charges.
A judge subsequently set her bond at $5,000, and jail records show she was released from custody after posting the amount. She is scheduled to return to court on January 16, and if convicted, faces up to 35 years in prison.