Ellarea Silva, a 34-year-old science teacher at Northwestern Middle School in Zachary, surrendered to cops Thursday after allegations surfaced that she had sex with the teen eight or nine times last summer at her home, where her child was also present during each encounter, according to an arrest report obtained by WAFB.
Silva, who was placed on administrative leave on Jan. 24, initially sent the teen an email to his school account before the pair started communicating using their personal addresses “so the school could not track” their correspondence, a detective wrote.
Silva then sent the teen nude photos and videos of herself, intentionally keeping her face out of the revealing snaps and footage, an arrest report states.
The teacher later started picking up the teen at his home in Zachary and returning to her residence, where they had sex. Silva is also accused of giving the boy a pink e-cigarette vaping device that may have contained THC, authorities said.
At one point, the teen told Silva he wanted to go public with their relationship, but the educator begged him to reconsider, WBRZ reports.
“[Silva] asked the victim not to disclose [the relationship] due to how his disclosure would affect her career and her family,” an arrest report reads.
Silva was busted after a joint investigation by Zachary police and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, school officials said in a statement.
“Immediately, when it was brought to our attention, we reported it to law enforcement and placed the employee on administrative leave,” Zachary Schools Superintendent Scott Devillier told WAFB in a statement. “No one is covering up anything, nor sweeping anything under the rug. We are following the law; and I am unable to comment beyond this information.”
Police learned of the allegations on Jan. 24, the same day Silva was placed on leave. She’s facing charges including indecent behavior with a juvenile, felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and oral sexual battery. She remained held without bail Friday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, records show.