Bond set at $21k for Cross teacher accused with sexual battery of students

Published: May. 8, 2014 at 8:25 PM EDT|Updated: May. 9, 2014 at 1:51 AM EDT
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Bond was set at $21,092 for a 29-year-old teacher at Cross High School accused of sexual battery with three students.

Ellen Lindsay Niemiec was arrested Thursday and charged with three counts of sexual battery of a student, deputies said. In addition to the Niemiec's bond, she has been placed under house arrest.

Niemiec of Summerville turned herself in at the Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon, according to Berkeley Sheriff's spokesman Dan Moon. Berkeley School District spokesperson Susan Haire says Niemiec is no longer an employee of the district.

Moon said the case was under investigation since April 28, when the sheriff's office received a complaint involving the sexual battery of a student.

The investigation revealed three students were victims and that the conduct had been going on for several weeks prior to the sheriff's office being notified by the school principal, Moon said. Two of the charges are felonies and the third is a misdemeanor based on the ages of the students allegedly involved, according to a release from the sheriff's office.

Niemiec was placed on administrative leave when the school administration learned of concerns with the alleged conduct and the Berkeley School District reported the matter to law enforcement, according to district spokesperson Susan Haire. Haire says the district cooperated completely in the investigation and appreciates the sheriff's office ongoing cooperation.

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