Private school counsellor ‘had sex with student’
A PICTURESQUE private school in South Carolina is reeling after the arrest of one of its promising young staff members at the weekend.
Kenleigh Prendergast, 25, was a school counsellor.
Under cross-examination from police, she broke down and confessed to texting, phoning and video-calling a young student during and after school hours.
Eventually, this led to personal encounters on the premises of her private practice - and her home.
The gender and exact age of the student has not yet been revealed.
Spartanburg County police say the relationship began in January. The pair broke up just days before their tryst was reported to police on March 25.
She was arrested shortly after midnight on Saturday.
"Effective immediately, Ms. Prendergast's employment with the school has been terminated," Spartanburg Day School said in a statement.
"SDS puts the safety and wellbeing of our students above all things, and will co-operate fully with the Sheriff's Office throughout this process."
Ms Prendergast was hired as a school counsellor in August last year.
She has been charged with sexual battery with a student, 16 or 17 years of age, with no aggravated force or coercion.