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.
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.”