Two Boiling Springs teachers are facing charges after deputies say they threw parties for teenagers that involved alcohol, marijuana and sex.
Sarah Jane Lindsay, 42, of 438 Maplecroft St., and Audrey Beidleman Grabarkiewicz, 44, of 230 Sandy Drive, were taken into custody by Spartanburg County sheriff's deputies Monday. Police had been investigating since a parent came forward with a complaint in July.
Lindsay, a teacher at Boiling Springs Elementary, is charged with nine counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and criminal sexual conduct with a minor between 11 and 14 years old.
Grabarkiewicz, a preschool teacher at Lake Bowen Baptist Church, is charged with 10 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Investigators said Grabarkiewicz also had “sexual relations with some of the victims,” but, because they were older than 16, she will not be charged, according to a statement from the sheriff's office.
Sheriff Chuck Wright said during a news conference that the incidents happened at parties at the teachers' homes this summer and not at their places of work. The women are parents, but deputies said their children were not involved.
“As a parent, I would be absolutely livid. ... I would be absolutely beside myself if someone was doing something like this with my kids,” Wright said. “This is absolutely unacceptable.”
The employers of both teachers confirmed the women will no longer continue working in their jobs.
The Rev. Mark Williams, pastor of Lake Bowen Baptist Church, said Grabarkiewicz was fired from the church on Monday. He said the church will send a letter to parents with children in the church day care in which Grabarkiewicz worked.
Williams reiterated that none of the crimes Grabarkiewicz is accused of committing occurred on the church campus.
“The personnel policy reminds all of our employees that they are ... expected to conduct themselves as church employees both during their work schedule and in their private life,” Williams said in a statement. “We expect that the teachers working with the children meet a higher moral standard because of their employment in a church-related program.”
Rhonda Henderson, spokeswoman for Spartanburg County School District 2, said Lindsay resigned Monday. She said Lindsay was a 4K teacher and has been an employee at Boiling Springs Elementary since 2005.
Henderson said Lindsay's class will be taken over by a substitute teacher and an assistant who has been with the class since the beginning of the school year.
“Our primary focus at this time is caring for students and making the transition process as smooth and unobtrusive as possible for the class,” Henderson wrote in an e-mail. “The school will be communicating with parents about plans for the class. None of the incidents occurred on school property.”
Wright said he believed there could be more victims. He encouraged parents to speak with their children.
“We always try to make sure that we don't miss any victims,” Wright said. “We want to send a clear message to anyone who would contribute to the delinquency of a minor. That is, don't ask for mercy, because we're not going to give you any.
“Too many of our children are dying on our roadways because they're under the influence of alcohol or drugs provided to them by someone older.” Wright added. “This has to stop.”
The sheriff's office is asking anyone who has been a victim in this case to call 864-503-4592.
Lindsay and Grabarkiewicz were awaiting a bond hearing at the Spartanburg County Detention Facility scheduled for 2 a.m. today.
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