On Tuesday, Zittrouer was arrested after she shared obscene photos and had sexual contact with one of her students. Zittrouer had only been working at Effingham County Middle School located near Savannah, Georgia since January, reports the Daily Mail.
Back in December her mother celebrated her hiring by uploading a photo of her and her daughter on Facebook tagging it with, “So proud of my middle child Kayla Zittrouer! She got hired today by Effingham Middle!!! This mom and dad are so excited.”
Zittrouer resigned from her position on Monday. She resigned the same day that the school district announced that it would be investigating her conduct. Authorities said it appears this incident is isolated, and there was just one victim.
On Tuesday she turned herself into police. She now faces three counts of computer pornography, cruelty to children in the first degree, sexual assault by a teacher, enticing a child for indecent purposes as well as child molestation.
“There was sexual contact between the two of them, hence the charge sexual contact by a teacher,” said ECSO investigator Don White. “But there was no sexual intercourse that was had between the teacher and the student”
She is currently being held at the Effingham County Jail. She has not been granted bond.
“As a parent, you’re a protector and it seems like since birth I’ve been protecting my child and then this happens. The last thing you think is you’ll get a call saying: ‘Hey, we need to talk to you. One of our teachers is sending your child a nude picture,’” the victim’s mother told local WJCL.
‘It is definitely an unfortunate situation. We do take situations such as this very seriously. When we learned that something was going on, we immediately started our investigation. The teacher was placed on administrative leave while we conducted our investigation then the Effingham county sheriff’s office was called in and we’ve been working with them since last Friday,” County Superintendent Randy Shearhouse said.
The child’s family says that they are working hard on moving forward.
“The main thing is to talk to tell. If this happens again, make sure you tell somebody. Tell me, tell somebody. You know what to look for. You know what’s right, what’s wrong,” the child’s mother said.
The case against Zittrouer has been sent to Superior Court. No court date has been set at this time.