FAYETTEVILLE — A former Scotland County educator has been charged after Fayetteville authorities said she had an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old student in Cumberland County.
Laura Garrigus, a teacher at the Cumberland International Early College, was arrested and charged last week in connection with that relationship.
Garrigus worked as an educator in Scotland County from 2008 to 2010, officials confirmed on Monday. They would not say where she worked.
Garrigus was charged with four counts of taking indecent liberties with a student and two counts of sexual offenses with a student. Investigators said that Garrigus had had an inappropriate relationship with the female student since October.
Authorities say the student told a school resource officer about the alleged incidents and the school resource officer then notified the Sheriff’s Office.
Officials do not believe the alleged incidents occurred during school hours or on school grounds.
According to court documents, the victim told investigators that Garrigus engaged her in kissing and inappropriate touching at a home, a vehicle and a bathroom in an undisclosed location.
Garrigus resigned from her job around Dec. 1. She taught science for high school students in the program held on the campus of Fayetteville State University.
Garrigus started her employment with the Cumberland school system in 2010.
Garrigus’ bail was originally set at $16,000 but was raised to $150,000.
If Garrigus makes bail, she will not be able to have contact with anyone younger than 18, including her own children.