Charlotte teacher suspended over sex allegations

CHARLOTTE -- A high school English teacher has been suspended with pay while police and school officials investigate allegations that she had a sexual relationship with a female student.

Amanda Maria Athey, 27, is named in court documents allowing police to search her Harrisburg home. She has not been charged with a crime.

Athey was suspended Thursday from her job at Hopewell High School, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials said. Police and school law enforcement are investigating.

Earlier this month, the father of a 16-year-old student told police he taped telephone conversations and found e-mails between the teacher and his daughter, according to the court documents.

In one conversation, the pair talked about having had sex the last time the teacher visited the teenager's home, the court documents say. In another, the student told the teacher her parents might help her through her financial troubles. The teacher responded that the parents would not give her money because of the sexual relationship.

The court documents say police took photographs of the student, teacher and others from Athey's house, along with photos of Athey's wedding, a computer and a cell phone.

Athey, who could not be reached Tuesday, was hired by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in January 2004 and began teaching in August that year.