More charges for middle school teacher accused of having sex with former student

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The 36-year-old Chesterfield County teacher accused of engaging in sexual activity with a former student in Darlington County is now facing the same charges in Horry County.

Earlier this week, Darlington County deputies arrested a 36-year-old Chesterfield County teacher on charges she engaged in sexual activity with a former student of hers.

According to the Darlington County Detention Center's online booking records, deputies arrested Carole Ann Hope and charged her with criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the third degree and lewd act on a minor.

Ken Buck, spokesman for the Chesterfield County School District, said Hope has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. Buck could not say what subject Hope teaches, but said a substitute has been placed in her classroom.

According to arrest warrants from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Hope engaged in sexual activity with a 14-year-old victim at her home along Snyder Lane in the Hartsville area of Darlington County between March 1 and Oct. 31 of 2011.

The warrants indicate Hope met the victim at New Heights Middle School in Pageland and the victim is a former student of hers.

Bond was set at $20,000 total for both Darlington County charges.

On Wednesday afternoon, Hope was released from the Darlington County Detention Center and transported to J. Reuben Detention Center in Horry County facing the same two charges, according to investigators.

According to the arrest warrants, Hope and the same victim engaged in sexual activity while at a hotel in Horry County between March 1 and May 31.

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