Report: High school teacher arrested for sex with student

Jessica Marie Deck, 28. (Source: Union County Sheriff's Office)
Jessica Marie Deck, 28. (Source: Union County Sheriff's Office)

MONROE, NC (WBTV) - A high school science teacher in Union County was arrested on Thursday accused of having sex with a teenage student.

"It hit everybody like a brick wall. Everybody was.. It was not something you would expect" said Ethan Parker, who is in the teacher's Chemistry class.

According to investigators, the school resource officer at Sun Valley High School received information about an inappropriate relationship between teacher Jessica Marie Deck and a student.

Detectives met with the 28-year-old teacher at Sun Valley High School in Monroe where she is a science teacher.

Deck teaches Honors Physics, Chemistry and Honors Chemistry.

Investigators then went to the magistrate's office to get a warrant and met with her to arrest her.

According to the arrest information posted online, Deck was arrested at 400 North Church Street in Monroe, which is listed as the Union County Public Schools building.

WBTV has learned that she was charged with indecent liberties with a student, a 17-year-old male.

"There's the obvious line that teachers in a position of trust, authority over students - they just can't cross that line at all" said Captain Ronnie Whitaker, of the Union County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators wouldn't say where the two reportedly had sex, only that it happened within the past month. Investigators couldn't confirm if the two had an ongoing relationship.

Captain Whitaker said the investigation is not over.

"The detectives will continue to look into it to see if there are any other instances that have occurred."

Parker, a junior at Sun Valley High School, said students began tweeting when they heard about the arrest. He said Deck is "a good teacher. It's {Chemistry} a hard class, hard content but she's a good teacher."

Parker added, "I don't think it changes either one of them as people. I think they're both good people. He's a good kid. He's smart. He's a good athlete. She's a good teacher. She's really smart."

Union County School officials confirm Deck was suspended with pay on Thursday. She has been with Union County Schools since August 2012.

Deck was released from the Union County Jail Thursday night after posting bond. She is due in court on Friday.

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