Horry County teacher resigns, pleads guilty to charges after relationship with student

Horry County teacher resigns, pleads guilty to charges after relationship with student (Image 1)

A Horry County woman who was teaching English at Conway High School pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor on Monday afternoon, officials said.

Courtney Ruth Martin, age 26, was charged in November 2013 after officials said she had an inappropriate relationship for about 2 months with a boy student.

On Monday, Martin was given a 3-year suspended sentence and was placed on 2 years of probation. During that probation she is forbidden to have contact with the now 17-year-old boy, said Prosecutor Martin Spratlin.

Martin sent emails and texts to the boy that were inappropriate and some photos — although none explicit — were also sent, said Spratlin.

“Following and investigation it was determined that between August 23, 2012 and October 29, 2013 Martin engaged in inappropriate behavior with one of her students, while employed as a teacher at Conway High School,” a November press release from Conway Police said.

The investigation began when a caller to a tip line told authorities a student and Martin were having a relationship, according to a Conway Police report.

When police questioned both parties, they both denied any relationship, but the male student later admitted to it, police said.

“He further advised that he would go into her classroom during lunch or after school and they would hug, kiss and talk about their relationship,” police said.

 Martin, who had been with the school system since July 2010, was on paid administrative leave just after the arrest, said Teal Harding, school system spokesperson.

 A school district official confirmed to News13 on Tuesday morning that Martin resigned her position.


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