A teacher and basketball coach at Oakbrook Middle School is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student, according to Dorchester County sheriff’s officials.
Allison Leigh Chilton, 27, of 1280 Durant Lane in Manning, was arrested Tuesday and charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor, third-degree, commit/attempt lewd act, and criminal solicitation of a minor, according to arrest warrants.
The warrant states that between Aug. 1 and Dec. 29, Chilton committed “a lewd or lascivious act on” the victim, age 12. The suspect is accused of kissing and fondling the female student, and during that same time period texting with her about having a sexual relationship, according to the warrant.
Both suspect and victim admitted to the kissing and texting, deputies said in the warrant.
Deputies said the victim’s father eventually found out about the relationship and filed a report with the sheriff’s office on Jan. 2. He told deputies since last year he had suspected a relationship going on between his daughter and the teacher, according to the report. Chilton was the juvenile’s teacher last year and this year is her basketball coach, the father reported.
He said he learned recently his child had been meeting with Chilton in her classroom while other students were at recess, the report stated. The father also reported the information to the school’s principal and showed a text conversation that included one from Chilton telling the student “I want to be your wife” and want to hold you, the report said.
Chilton has since been released from jail on a $30,000 bond, according to sheriff’s officials.