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Counselor accused of sexually assaulting high school student

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LAKE NORMAN, NC (WBTV) -

A high school counselor is facing charges after deputies say she sexually assault a student who attended the school where she worked.

Forty-two-year-old Amy Hogan Saffos was arrested on Wednesday and charged with three counts of sexual activity with a student by school personnel.

Three weeks ago, investigators say they were informed about a 17-year-old student at Lake Norman High School being sexually assaulted by a counselor at the school.

School officials were notified about the allegations and the student's family filed a report with the Sheriff's Office.

According to investigators, the victim and a witness were interviewed by detectives about the incident.

Lieutenant Bill Hamby with the Iredell County Sheriff's Office said the assaults began in March, and included three incidents, one of which allegedly happened at the school.

"When you send your kids to school, you expect teachers and counselors to keep them safe," Hamby said.

Investigators say the incidents happened in Iredell County.

School officials said Saffos started working at the school in August of 2006. She was fired on June 27.

"We want parents to know we hold our employees accountable for their actions," school district spokeswoman Susie Wiberg told WBTV.

Saffos was arrested at her home and was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center. She is being held on a $175,000 secured bond.

She is scheduled to appear in District Court in Mooresville on Thursday.

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