Cristina Preston, 44, was arrested this week amid allegations that she had sexual relations with a 14-year-old male student.
Preston was taken into custody on Tuesday, but has since made bail which, according to the Ledger-Enquirer, came to $25,000 each on two counts of child molestation and $10,000 each on one count of sexual assault on a person in custody and one count of enticing a child for indecent purposes. Upon her release she resigned from her position with Veterans Memorial Middle School. She had taught special education in the school district for 19 years.
Apparently the entire series of events happened very quickly. Reports indicate that the statutory rape occurred at 12:30 AM on Monday in Cooper Creek Park in Columbus, GA, and by 10 PM on Monday the police were called to the boy’s home. The following day Preston was taking into custody.
Should Preston be convicted on all charges, and her terms stacked consecutively, she is facing up to 120 years in prison. The count of sexual assault on a person in custody is applied to any teacher and student from the same school, and that charge alone carries 25 to 50 years.
There is no word yet as to what evidence there was to make authorities act so quickly.
[Thanks to Jo for the tip]