CRIME
08/29/2013 10:09 am ET

Amy Tilley Bower, Elementary School Teacher, Accused Of Sex With 2 Students In North Carolina

An elementary school teacher at a North Carolina K-12 school has been accused of having sexual relationships with two different students over a four-year period.

Amy Tilley Bower, 45, was arrested and charged Wednesday with two counts of sexual activity with a student and two counts of indecent liberties with a child, according to the Watauga County Sheriff's Office.

Police received a report concerning the 5th-grade teacher's inappropriate conduct in late July.

According to WBTV, the report alleged that Bower was involved in sexual relationships with minor male students from 1998 to 2000 and 2004 to 2006.

According to WSOC, both students were 15 years old when the alleged relationships began.

A statement from the school district called the allegations "very disappointing news about a matter of great concern."

"If the allegations are true, the behavior violated the trust of students, the ethics of the teaching profession, our school system policies, and the law," interim Superintendent David Fonseca told the Watauga Democrat.

Bower began working for the district as a substitute teacher in 1996, then worked full-time positions at several other elementary schools. Most recently, she taught at Cove Creek School, where she resigned Aug. 19, the day before administration learned of the investigation.

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