CRIME
04/30/2014 12:34 pm ET Updated Apr 30, 2014

Teacher Admits Asking Student To Send Photo Of His Penis: Police

A Kentucky high school teacher faces sex abuse charges after admitting that she engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old male student.

Elizabeth Alexander, a 26-year-old social studies teacher at Scott County High School was arrested around noon on Tuesday. The allegations came to light that morning, but authorities would not say how.

"Anytime we have a situation like this involving our children, in our community, we're going to take quick action," Captain Robert Swanigan of the Georgetown Police Department told WKYT.

Alexander is charged with sexual abuse of a minor younger than 16 and use of a minor in a sexual performance. In a police interview, she admitted kissing and groping the boy in a classroom, and asking him to send her photos of his body, specifically his penis, according to NBC Lexington. The boy sent the photo to her in a text message, police said.

"Things like 'sexting' are a problem that this generation is going to face. It's very unfortunate that they engage in those types of activities, but they've got to understand that every time they transmit an image like that they are, in essence, transmitting child pornography," Swanigan told WKYT.

The teacher also allowed the boy to fondle her breast, the Georgetown News-Graphic reported.

Police would not release further details due to the ongoing investigation, but said that it appears the male student is the only victim.

Alexander was released from Scott County Detention Center on Tuesday afternoon. The Herald-Leader reports that she graduated from Scott County High School in 2006.

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