WARNING – Content deals with sexual assault and might be triggering for some readers: A substitute teacher has been charged with multiple counts of child molestation following allegations she recorded herself masturbating in front of a classroom full of second graders.
Amelia Ressler, 30, was arrested after staff members at Mt. Zion Elementary School in the US state of Georgia reported allegations of misconduct involving her engaging in “indecent and immoral acts while in the presence of school-aged children,” the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Facebook.
Investigators obtained photos and video of Ressler masturbating in front of students, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Ashley Hulsey confirmed to Fox 5 News.
Ms Hulsey told Fox “it appeared [Ressler] was masturbating while the classroom was full of kids”.
She confirmed to the outlet investigators were able to obtain video evidence as Ressler “videoed it herself and disseminated it”.
Ms Hulsey told NBC the process of conducting interviews with the 19 children who were present at the time of the alleged incident was currently underway but could take weeks.
“The mental anguish that it’s causing these children and parents, that was our drive behind working this case, getting it down quickly, getting her put in jail as quickly as possible,” Ms Hulsey told The Daily Star.
According to the spokeswoman additional charges could be added based on the interviews.
The Sheriff’s office said the school was providing support to the students during the investigation.
“We appreciate the dedication Carroll County Schools has for the safety of their students as we were contacted immediately following the allegations and we will continue to work closely with them during the remainder of the investigation,” the statement read.
Ressler was arrested on Friday (local time) and remains in jail without bond. It is unclear if she has entered a plea.
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