Former Lanier HS teacher arrested on student sex charge

Former Montgomery teacher arrested

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery Public School system says a former teacher at Lanier High School has been arrested and charged with having sexual relations with a minor, a Class B felony under Alabama law.

The Montgomery Police Department confirms the suspect is 24-year-old Natasha Patronsky. She’s charged with “school employee engaging in a sex act with a student under the age of 19.”

The investigation started on Nov. 16. MPD identified the minor only as a male student.

Sidney Lanier High School
Sidney Lanier High School (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MPS says Patronsky resigned her position on Nov. 20. She surrendered to police Wednesday and was taken to the Montgomery County Detention Facility where bail was set at $7,500.

A check of Patronsky’s status with the Alabama State Department of Education indicates that “Alleged misconduct has been reported to the Department; at this time the Department has not proposed any negative action against the individual’s certification or licensure; this status will be updated as soon as possible.”

The system’s superintendent, Dr. Ann Roy Moore, released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying:

“We are shocked to hear of this allegation,” said Moore. “We support law enforcement in their work to get to the truth in this matter. Any person found guilty of putting a child’s safety at risk, should be punished to the full extent of the law.”

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