• Special education teacher arrested for alleged relationship with student


    ATHENS-CLARKE COUNTY, Ga. - The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has arrested a teacher for on suspicion of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. 

    Quinnesha Sha’Tara Turner, 24, was taken into custody following an investigation that began Friday, said Geoffrey Gilland, spokesman for Athens-Clarke County police.

    Turner is charged with sexual assault, aggravated child molestation and enticing a child. 

    Hilsman Middle School’s website has Turner listed as a seventh grade special education science teacher. Police did not release the age of the student with whom she’s accused of having a sexual relationship with.

    In a written statement, the Clarke County School District said the alleged activity with the student took place off campus and that Turner was placed on administrative leave after school officials were notified of the police investigation. 


    Turner is in police custody but she has not yet been booked into the Clarke County jail, Gilland said.

    Turner is the second Clarke County teacher accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student in less than two weeks.Kara Elizabeth Coalson, a 23-year-old math teacher at Clarke Central High, was arrested April 30 and charged with sexual assault by a person with supervisory or disciplinary authority.

    The school district said it notified officials at the Georgia Professional Standards Commission of the investigation.

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