Former teacher at Hancock Middle-Senior High School charged with the sexual abuse of a student.
Former Hancock Middle-Senior High Teacher Charged with Sexual Abuse of a Student
According to HeraldMailMedia, Former Hancock Middle-Senior High School teacher, Eric James Smith, was charged with the sexual abuse of a minor and two fourth-degree sex offenses by a person in a position of authority.
Smith, 34 years old, has been accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student that began in September 2019 and continued through May 2020. The female student told a close friend that she has study hall with Smith and the two had developed feelings for one another and later had sexual intercourse.
In an interview, the girl denied having a relationship or contact with any teacher since the March shutdown. However, the girls mother checked her phone records and say she had exchanged lengthy phone calls at night with one number. When the mother called the number, Smith answered, but denied having an inappropriate relationship with her daughter. There were numerous phone calls, texts, and photos sent between them. Forensic examination of the phone showed there were nude photos of the girl sent to Smith.
Smith, in an interview with the police, denies having met the girl outside of school or having sexual intercourse with them. In later questioning, Smith told investigators that he had a consensual romantic relationship with the girl that began after schools closed during the pandemic.