On Monday, police arrested 27-year-old high school math teacher, Jennifer Danielle Olajire-Aro, after a 17-year-old student came forward to say she had had sex with him several times.
According to an affidavit, Aro who lives and works in South Carolina, engaged in “an intimate and sexual relationship with her 17-year-old male student” on three occasions between November and December at her residence and other locations in Charleston.
The student told another teacher about the sexual encounters and that teacher reported what the student said to school administration, the affidavit said.
The matter was reported to authorities who arrested Olajire-Aro. She ultimately admitted to having a sexual relationship with the 17-year-old on three occasions between November and December at her home and other locations in Charleston. Aro faces one count of sexual battery in Charleston, S.C.
At her bond hearing, the victim’s mother spoke out, calling Aro a “hellacious person,”. She said:
“HE IS 17, 17. HE IS NOT AN ADULT. … EMOTIONALLY, HE IS NOT READY FOR THIS. I’M NOT READY FOR THE TEXTS, THE PHONE CALLS, THE COMMENTS,” SHE SAID.
Aro, who is also a tennis coach, has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to the school district.
Her attorney confirmed that Aro is married, with a 10-month-old baby girl, and that her husband is a surgeon at the Medical University of South Carolina.
She’s being held on $100,000 bail and has been ordered not to have contact with the victim, his family or students at the school.
She is also not allowed to leave the state without permission from the 9th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
Her family was supposed to come in from Texas for her hearing, but their flight was delayed and they did not make it in time, Holmes said.
“SHE IS MARRIED,” HE SAID OF HIS CLIENT. “HER HUSBAND IS A STUDENT AT THE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA (IN) THE RESIDENCY PROGRAM. SHE HAS A 10-MONTH-OLD BABY, A GIRL.”
Aro taught pre-calculus and algebra at Burke, has a master’s degree from the University of Texas in education, and has no prior record, the attorney said. She had no prior disciplinary actions against her at the school until the current accusations surfaced, and has received awards for her teaching.
“This is her first year of employment with Charleston County School District and she is now on paid administrative leave” according to a statement by Andy Pruitt, a district spokesman.