First posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 01:58 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 02:12 PM EDT
A Georgia teacher is in hot water after allegedly having sex several times with two male students.
Laura Rich, 38, who worked as a substitute teacher at an alternative school, the Ace Academy in Canton, Ga., between January 2015 and August of this year, was charged Friday with several counts of sexual assault by a teacher, news channel WSB-TV reports .
It is alleged that on several occasions, Rich invited the boys - a 16-year-old and 18-year-old - to her suburban home in Acworth for sex in 2015.
And although the two students were legally of age at the time in Georgia, her occupation made it illegal.
“It’s the relationship she had as teacher-student that made it a crime,” Cherokee County sheriff’s office Lt. Jay Baker said.
The school released a statement saying that it has severed all ties with the teacher.
“She no longer is permitted to work as a substitute teacher in CCSD. Our school district has zero tolerance for inappropriate relationships between students and any adults serving in any capacity in our schools,” the Cherokee County School District said.
Laura Rich is pictured in this YouTube screen grab.
Sex with teen boys wouldnâ€™t have been a crime if she wasnâ€™t their teacher, cops