RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Rapid City teacher was arrested Thursday morning, May 30, after being charged with abusing a disabled student.
Shea Lindsey, a 25-year-old teacher at East Middle School, is charged with child abuse for allegedly abusing the 12-year-old male student on May 13, according to her criminal complaint. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison, the Rapid City Journal reported.
Police reports are sealed so there are not yet any details on how Lindsey allegedly abused the child, where it occurred and who reported the incident.
"It would be inappropriate for the (Pennington County) State's Attorney's Office to discuss the details of the allegations in any case," prosecutor Lara Roetzel said in an email. As of Friday, Lindsey did not yet have a defense lawyer to contact.
Lindsey was put on administrative leave immediately after the allegations surfaced May 14 and had a clear background check when she was first employed, according to a news release from the Pennington County Sheriff's Office.
Lindsey was hired in August 2018 and worked as a special ed teacher, RCAS spokeswoman Katy Urban said. She has been ordered not to contact the alleged victim.