A PRIVATE school counsellor, 25, has been arrested after admitting “she had sex with student”, it’s reported.
Kenleigh Prendergast was also sacked from her job at Spartanburg County Day School in South Carolina after reportedly confessing her “inappropriate relationship” to cops.
She told deputies she would text, call or Facetime the victim during the school day and after hours, which later led to meeting at her home and private counselling practice, WSPA reports.
The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office said an allegation was made earlier this week and Prendergast was interviewed on Friday, where she admitted the claims made against her.
She was then arrested and later charged with sexual battery with a student aged 16 or 17 years, with no aggravated force or coercion.
Detectives determined that the relationship had begun in January of this year and and ended “several days prior” to the date the report was first made to police.
The school, which charges parents up to $20,000 (£14,200) per year, said Prendergast had immediately been dismissed once the charges were made on Saturday.
A spokespersons said: “Spartanburg Day School was contacted on March 31 by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office and informed that an employee, Kenleigh Prendergast, was charged with sexual battery with a student. Ms Prendergast was hired in August of 2017 as school counsellor. Effective immediately, Ms Prendergast’s employment with the school has been terminated.
“SDS puts the safety and wellbeing of our students above all things, and will cooperate fully with the Sheriff’s Office throughout this process.”