The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office says a father suspected there was an inappropriate relationship going on between his daughter, a minor, and her teacher at Oakbrook Middle School well before the teacher's arrest, but the father says he didn't have proof until recently.
When he finally had evidence, the father came forward and reported it to officials. Based on that, deputies say they have arrested and charged Allison Chilton, 27, with two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, and one count of criminal solicitation of a minor.
The girl’s father went to Oakbrook on Tuesday, January 2, to speak with the principal after discovering text messages between the teacher and his daughter, police said.
Some of those text messages said things such as “I want to be your wife” and “I just want to hold you,” the father told police.
The father told deputies his daughter also had been meeting Chilton in a classroom when everyone else was out for recess in the courtyard to receive extra help for her grades.
According to affidavits provided by the DCSO, the child told investigators kissed her and fondled her breast. The affidavits show Chilton reportedly admitted to kissing the child when questioned.
Police say the incidents would've occurred between August-December 2017. Deputies say that the father told them he suspects the relationship started when his daughter was in the seventh grade.
Chilton admitted to DCSO detectives that she did participate in inappropriate behavior with a minor, according to a report from DCSO.
Chilton was arrested Tuesday. She has since posted a $30,000 dollar bond, and has been released from jail.
According to Dorchester District 2 spokesperson Pat Raynor, Chilton has worked for the district since 2013, and taught special education in English language arts and mathematics.
Chilton has been placed on administrative leave that prohibits her from being on school or district property pending the outcome of investigations by district officials and law enforcement, Raynor says.