Ex-high school teacher arrested in sex case - FOX Carolina 21

Ex-high school teacher arrested in sex case

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Abby McElhenny (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office) Abby McElhenny (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A former Boiling Springs High School teacher was arrested after she had a sexual relationship with a student, the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.

Abby McElhenny is charged with sexual battery of a student 16 or 17 years of age.

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said McElhenny was spotted by friends of the teen's family holding hands at a local restaurant and Spartanburg's annual Spring Fling festival.

Wright said the boy's mother checked her son's cellphone after he was caught in a lie about spending the night with a friend. He said the mother noticed that hundreds of texts were exchange between her son's phone and another number. He said the mother then had a friend call the number and pretend to sell McElhenny a newspaper subscription. He said that is how the mother figured out who her son was texting.

Wright said the boy's mother then turned the evidence she gathered over to the Sheriff's Office.

McElhenny, a Spanish teacher and boys and girls swim coach, resigned from her job Tuesday, according to Spartanburg County School District 2.

The relationship happened sometime between Dec. 25 and May 16, Wright said.

McElhenny turned herself in to law enforcement Wednesday afternoon.

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