MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - An 11th grade teacher faces a charge of institutional sexual assault for what police say was a sex act with a male student in her classroom.
Pennlive.com reported on Friday that a lawyer for 31-year-old Emily Nesbit released a statement saying she "made a series of bad decisions at a low point in her life."
Nesbit resigned on Wednesday, two days after officials at Cumberland Valley High School learned of the allegations. She had previously been the student's English teacher.
Court records allege that messages captured on the student's phone indicate Nesbit told him she wanted to have sex. Police say Nesbit admitted to performing a sex act with the student, who prosecutors say is 18 years old.
Students at Cumberland Valley High told CBS affiliate WHP that they were surprised by the allegations.
"I was actually pretty shocked. I didn't think that this would ever be around in this area," one student told the station. Another commented that Nesbit "was very nice, likeable; she seemed like she'd do the right thing, but I guess not."
Many students were confused. "At first I didn't really know, because there were so many rumors going around, something about it going on for years, different students. And it's like, I don't know what's true and what's not," a student told WHP.
Nesbit was arraigned on Friday and released on $100,000 unsecured bail.