A 22-year-old substitute teacher at a D.C. charter school for at-risk youth was arrested Tuesday and charged with having oral sex with a student football player behind her classroom desk, according to police and court documents.
The 17-year-old 11th grader at Options Public Charter School secretly recorded part of the encounter Friday afternoon, which police said happened at the end of an English class in Room 266 while other students and faculty members were at a pep rally to cheer on the Options Panthers’ upcoming football game against Perry Street Prep. Police said the student showed the video to five of his football teammates and a childhood friend.
The student and teacher then texted each other throughout the weekend, and the teacher sent him a clothed picture of herself while urging the student to “chill” because she could get in trouble for the relationship, police said.
Symone Greene, of Fort Washington, is charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a minor. She could have an initial appearance in D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday.
A representative from Options, an alternative school located in the 1300 block of E Street NE, in Capitol Hill, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A few minutes later, police said, Greene sent the student a text message. The two proceeded to chat, although the student deleted the messages and could recall only parts of the conversation, according to the affidavit. At one point, the student said he texted the word “kinky,” the court document says, and the teacher allegedly responded, “I don’t tell I show.”
The student told police that he returned to the classroom and that Greene let him in. He arrived at 3:26 p.m., and because of the pep rally, he had to leave by 3:40 p.m. According to the affidavit, the student asked for sex acts to match the number on his jersey. Police said that the encounter happened behind her desk and that the student used his cellphone to surreptitiously record it.
The incident at Options comes at a turbulent time for one of the city’s oldest charter schools, which was founded to serve troubled teenagers and students with disabilities, focusing on the District’s most at-risk youth. Options has been under heavy scrutiny during the past year after city officials alleged in a lawsuit that its former leaders diverted more than $3 million from the school through contracts to companies they founded.
The future for Options has been uncertain since the city filed suit just more than a year ago. The city’s charter board considered closing it down but instead allowed it to stay open for the current school year under court receivership. Two charter operators — including the current leaders of Options — have put in applications to take it over long-term.
A detective had the student continue to text the teacher, and they exchanged two dozen messages over the weekend.
“When u trying to see me again?” the student asked, according to excerpts in the court affidavit. Police said the teacher responded: “Oo. U gona get me in trouble. Chill. We gotta be slick with it.”
At another point, police said, Greene told the student: “Tru but u don’t just be having sex with just anybody but I cant doe my body is taken for my boyfriend.”