Georgia high school teacher DaNita Wilson was arrested Tuesday after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) launched an inquiry into her conduct.
The married, 32-year-old math teacher is accused of having sex with seven students, according to multiple reports. Wilson is facing at least seven counts of sexual assault, however more charges may be added since the investigation is still in progress.
While six of the Charlton County High School students in question were older than 16 — the age of consent in Georgia — at the time of the alleged crimes, one student was 15, assistant special agent Stacy Carson confirmed to CNN.
Notwithstanding the ages of the male pupils, having sex with a student is classified as a felony for teachers in Georgia, district attorney Rick Currie told the Florida Times-Union. The maximum sentence for such a crime is 25 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. Wilson’s sentence could extend to 50 years in the case of the underage student.
GBI began its investigation following a tip received by the Charlton County School Board, according to Florida-Georgia outlet First Coast News. The school board conducted a brief investigation of its own before passing the case on to the Charlton County Sheriff’s Office.
According to CBS local affiliate WTEV, Wilson has worked for the school since 2003 — primarily as a ninth grade math teacher — and had never had any disciplinary issues.
Wilson was escorted from the school into police custody Tuesday afternoon, but was released the following day on $35,000 bail. She has been suspended with pay from Charlton County High School pending a formal hearing that will determine the status of her employment.
Charlton County Schools superintendent plans to push for Wilson’s termination, local TV station WJXT reports.