Former Mark Morris High School teacher Lindsay Norwood has been charged with two counts of first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor.
A police investigation in April concluded that Norwood had a yearlong affair with an 18-year-old male student in 2013 and 2014.
Norwood resigned May 18, one day before the district was set to begin its own investigation.
Norwood, who taught English at Mark Morris for 11 years, was 35 when the alleged affair began with a junior in her English class.
The police investigation recommended she be charged with first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor, a felony, and/or second-degree sexual misconduct with a minor, a gross misdemeanor.
County Prosecutor Ryan Jurvakainen took the felony route Friday and filed charges of two counts of first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor.
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“Our charging decisions are based on the evidence at the time,” Jurvakainen said Wednesday. “We’ve charged what we think we can prove.”
Jurvakainen said he charged Norwood with two counts of first-degree sexual misconduct in part because felonies have longer statutes of limitations than misdemeanors, thus making late evidence easier to incorporate.
Though the student was not a minor when the affair happened, Norwood can be charged with misconduct with a minor because she allegedly had sex with an enrolled student to whom she was not married.
Jurvakainen said if Norwood is convicted of two counts of sexual misconduct in the first degree, she could face up to 14 months in prison.
Multiple requests for comment from Norwood were not returned Wednesday.