Newlywed teacher and cheerleading coach, 29, ‘had sex with an underage student’
A newlywed teacher has been arrested over allegations of having under age sex with one of her students.
Megan Denman has been banned from the classroom while police carry out their investigation.
Police in Fresno, California, said their initial inquiries indicate that the 29-year-old social studies teacher was only involved with one student.
The sexual activity took place away from the campus of Hoover High School where Denman also helped out as a cheerleading coach.
School chiefs expressed their ‘deep disappointment’ at Denman’s arrest in a letter to parents.
Fresno Unified Superintendent Michael Hanson said:
‘As we all know there have been incidents throughout the state of teachers taking advantage of the student/teacher relationship.
‘Unfortunately, we have learned of an alleged inappropriate relationship between a teacher and student in our own district. Words cannot describe my deep disappointment in this alleged breach of teacher/student relationship.
‘We have acted swiftly in taking the appropriate action in removing the teacher from the classroom and the school while these allegations are being investigated.
‘The overwhelming majority of our employees are working hard every day to assure the success of our students and our work will not be derailed by these allegations. We are cooperating fully with law enforcement.’
Former students commenting on a media report on ABC30′s website said they were stunned that Denman was involved with another student describing her as a ‘role model’.
One girl wrote: ‘Ms. Denman was my teacher of two years and also my cheer coach. I have spent enough time with her to know that she was a great teacher/role model and that this news is incredibly shocking to me. I can also say that Hoover is a high school with kids who like to start rumors and build bad reputations.’
Denman, who is believed to have wed 18 months ago, was booked into Fresno County jail after being arrested on charges of sex with a minor and oral sex with a person aged under 18.
She was released on $55,000 bail.