Upstate teacher accused of having sexual relationship with student

GREER, SC (WYFF) —An Upstate teacher is under arrest after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a student, according to Greer police.

Police arrested 31-year-old Jessica Ruth Bollinger and charged her with sexual battery with a student 16 or 17 years of age, with no aggravated force or coercion.

According to the incident report, Bollinger had a sexual relationship with a student, who is now 18, from Jan. 1 to Nov. 21.

Police said Bollinger was teaching at Greer High School at the time of the alleged offenses. 

Despite the boy being the age of consent in South Carolina, it is a crime in the state for a teacher to have sex with a student.

Greer High School issued a statement Thursday saying: "Ms. Jessica Bollinger, former choral teacher at Greer High School, resigned Friday afternoon, Nov. 22, during the course of the district's investigation of the allegations. 

"She had been placed on administrative leave on Nov. 20 pending investigation by the school district and law enforcement. District officials will report their findings to the State Department of Education to take action regarding her teaching certificate.  She has taught at Greer High since August 2004."

Copyright 2013 WYFF.  All rights reserved.