34-year-old Caron Elizabeth Blanton, A Cleveland County middle school teacher, has been charged with three counts of felony indecent liberties with a child and six counts of disseminating obscene material to a minor under 16. Blanton turned herself in at the Cleveland Co. Sheriff's Office Monday afternoon (April 14).
According to published reports, the investigation began when officials from Burns Middle School reported that a male student had an inappropriate video that was sent to him by a female teacher. School administrators confiscated the student's cell phone and called the Sheriff's Office.
An investigation revealed that two students received inappropriate videos and obscene pictures of Blanton. A criminal investigation began earlier this month. Blanton was suspended and then resigned on April 10.
Blanton was released after posting a $150,000 secured bond. She will appear in Cleveland Co. District Court today (April 16).
The investigation is continuing. Additional charges may be forthcoming.