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Rocky Mount teacher accused of sex acts with students charged with 4 felonies

Posted June 13
Updated June 14

— The Rocky Mount teacher accused of engaging in sex acts with students made her first court appearance on Tuesday, facing four felony charges.

Erin Elizabeth McAuliffe, 25, of Rocky Mount, is accused of having sexual contact with three teenage boys.

Erin Elizabeth McAuliffe

McAuliffe is charged with three felony counts of sex acts with a minor and one felony count of indecent liberties with a minor.

The victims are all Rocky Mount Prep students, where she was a teacher for less than a year.

Investigators began looking into allegations of misconduct in May after receiving a call from school administrators.

Police said the the incidents happened off campus, and detectives have interviewed numerous students and faculty in the investigation.

McAuliffe covered her face when she left the court room and would not speak with reporters.

Rocky Mount teacher charged in sex crimes involving three male students

Her next court appearance is June 29.

School officials said Friday that McAuliffe was fired on May 4 and her tenure there began in August 2016.


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  • Thomas Williams Jun 14, 9:03 a.m.
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    Her life is already negatively impacted, and it will be for a long time. Don't really agree with the light probation, what she did will have an impact on a lot of people for a long time. Sure, you could say it is different when it is guys, and it is to some degree. It is viewed differently with guys than it is with girls, but it will have a negative impact on their parents, etc. Very sad b/c we need math teachers badly. She could have done a lot of good over time, and perhaps she will have another chance. Hopefully she learned from it.

  • Andrew Stephenson Jun 13, 6:24 p.m.
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    Absolutely relevant.


  • Janet Ghumri Jun 13, 5:38 p.m.
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    Education; wasted. Reputation; tarnished
    Such a waste when she could (possibly) have been a productive part of the school system. Young teachers teaching students this close to their own age seems to be an issue. The students need to respect and learn, not see the teacher as a conquest. I'm not trying to justify her actions-which are reprehensible- but these 'boys' are not so distant in age from the 'men' she most likely dated in college. So sad for all involved

  • Teddy Fowler Jun 13, 4:39 p.m.
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    I know a number of people way back in the day around her age and older who dated girls in high school. They don't seem to consider it much of an issue I guess except when you are a teacher...

  • Robert Lewis Jun 13, 4:02 p.m.
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    sad, being from the Rocky Mt Wilson area I know there are no single people to date but she shouldn't done this. Just spend $10 on gas and drive to Raleigh or Greenville to meet other singles that are legal age.

  • James Hicks Jun 13, 3:09 p.m.
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    Life sentence. Chemical castration. Sex offender registry. Standard pedophile treatment.

  • John Archer Jun 13, 2:54 p.m.
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    I sure hope they let her off with just a light probation, because anything more might negatively impact her life.