A 34-year-old science teacher had sex with a 15-year-old student from her middle school at her home while her own child was nearby, police in Zachary, Louisiana, said.
Ellarea Silva turned herself into police on Thursday, two days after Zachary police drafted a warrant for her arrest.
Silva was charged with one count of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile, and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Bail was set at $225,000 by Judge Ron Johnson.
Northwestern Middle School placed Silva on administrative lead on Jan. 24, the same day Zachary police said they became aware of the accusations against Silva and began an investigation.
The arrest report says Silva engaged in sex with the 15-year-old boy eight or nine times during the summer months of 2019 in her home. Her child was also at home during each encounter, the report said.
At one point during their the relationship, the boy asked to let him tell others, but she begged him not to.
Teacher had sex with 15-year-old student with own child nearby in home
Silva “asked the victim not to disclose [it] due to how his disclosure would affect her career and her family,” the arrest report said.
“Detectives are requesting that parents of students who may have had contact with Silva talk to their children about their interactions with her and contact ZPD detectives at 225-654-9393 if they believe their child was victimized,” Zachary PD said on its Facebook page.
Police said Silva began with an email to the student on his school account before the two switched to personal emails and text messages, “so the school could not track their emails,” detectives wrote.
Silva sent the boy nude photographs and videos of herself, conspicuously framing her face out of the pictures. She then indicated in text messages she wanted to have sex with him.
The teacher began by picking up the teen at his home and driving him to her home. Silva is accused of giving the boy an e-cigarette vaping device, possible with THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, the arrest report says.
“The Zachary Police Department and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office have been handling this investigation, “ Zachary Schools Superintendent Scott Devillier said in a statement. “Immediately, when it was brought to our attention, we reported it to law enforcement and placed the employee on administrative leave.
“No one is covering up anything, nor sweeping anything under the rug. We are following the law; and I am unable to comment beyond this information.”