Crime

December 11, 2013

Hilton Head High substitute accused of inappropriate acts with student

A Hilton Head Island High School substitute Spanish teacher was arrested Tuesday on charges she sent inappropriate pictures to a 16-year-old student and asked the student to buy marijuana for her.

A Hilton Head Island High School substitute Spanish teacher was arrested Tuesday on charges she sent inappropriate pictures to a 16-year-old student and asked the student to buy marijuana for her.

Margaret Ann LaMantia, 23, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and disseminating harmful material to a minor, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office news release.

LaMantia has been a long-term substitute teacher of Spanish at the school since the start of the school year but is no longer an employee of the Beaufort County School District, spokesman Jim Foster said Wednesday. She had not taught in the district before this year, Foster added.

According to the release, the student’s parents filed a report with the school resource officer after they learned of what they believed to be an inappropriate relationship between LaMantia and their son.

LaMantia and the student first met at school and exchanged phone numbers before Thanksgiving, the release said. The two began texting, and LaMantia sent pictures of her genitalia to the student through the Snapchat phone application between Nov. 29 and 30, the release said. The app allows photos to be viewed from 1 to 10 seconds before they are deleted.

Then on Dec. 6, she asked the student to buy marijuana for her, and the student agreed to buy a small amount, according to the release. LaMantia picked up the student from his job later that day, and they drove around the island for several hours before the student returned home, the release said.

After the student’s parents learned their son had been fired from his job for smelling of marijuana, they began asking him questions, and he told them about LaMantia, the report said.

The charges LaMantia faces are felonies, Sgt. Robin McIntosh said Wednesday. The investigation began Tuesday and continues, McIntosh said in the release.

Hilton Head Island High principal Amanda O’Nan declined to comment Wednesday.

LaMantia is being held for prosecution, and her bond for the two charges has been set at $25,000, according to the Beaufort County Detention Center.

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