Woman Who Won 'Best Teacher' Award Caught Sleeping With Student

by Emily Arata

In 2010, she won the "Best of the Best" teaching award.

Yesterday, she was arrested for allegedly sleeping with an 18-year-old student.

Coahulla Creek High School teacher Elizabeth Scroggs, 32, was taken into custody and charged with sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority, which is a felony.

The incident comes after an anonymous phone call Tuesday leading Whitfield County, Georgia school system administrators to evidence of Scroggs' reported relationship with the teenager.

Many details surrounding the case have not yet been reported, but The Chattanoogan reports none of the sexual activity, which began last December, took place on school property.

Capt. Rick Swiney, of the Whitfield County Sheriff's Department, told local press the liaison was reportedly consensual.

Although young people are often considered adults at age 18, Scroggs' position as a teacher grants her both power and responsibility.

Scroggs, currently held without bail in the county jail, taught locally since 2006.

She will appear in court later this afternoon and has been suspended from all teaching duties.

Citations: From the classroom to jail: Coahulla Creek teacher accused of sex with student (Dalton Daily Citizen)