According to a release from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, Sarah Conway, 24, turned herself in on Thursday. She faces four counts of sexual battery.
According to authorities, Conway, who is a teacher at Willow Creek Positive Education Program in Eaton Township, filed a harassment complaint against an 18-year-old male student on March 21.
During the process of filing the complaint, Conway shared that she’d entered a sexual relationship with the student.
Authorities reviewed text messages and conducted interviews, learning she had a relationship with the student, who was 17 at the time.
During the course of the relationship, there appeared to be a break-up between the two. Text messages were sent between the two showing evidence of a sexual relationship. They were the basis for the harassment complaint.
That’s when charges were filed.
The complaint against the male was investigated, but at this time, no charges are expected.
The investigation is ongoing.
Positive Education Program (PEP) said the process is underway to terminate Conway. Here is PEP’s statement released to FOX 8 News:
“On March 21, allegations of an inappropriate relationship between a staff member and student at Positive Education Program (PEP) Willow Creek located in Grafton were surfaced to PEP administrators. Upon learning this information, PEP immediately reported the incident to law enforcement and the staff member was placed on administrative leave. This sort of alleged conduct directly contradicts with PEP’s mission to help troubled and troubling children learn and grow and will not be tolerated. In accordance with policy and legal standards, PEP has awaited the outcome of the police investigation, which just became known today (April 26). The process is underway to terminate this individual’s employment with Positive Education Program.”
**Editor’s note: This story was updated on April 27 with a statement from PEP**