Georgia substitute teacher, 30, is charged with child molestation for 'filming herself masturbating in a classroom full of students'Am
Georgia substitute teacher, 30, is charged with child molestation for ‘filming herself masturbating in a classroom full of students’
- Amelia Ressler, 30, was arrested on 19 counts of child molestation on Friday
- The Georgia substitute teacher allegedly filmed herself masturbating in front of a second-grade class on January 28
- She sent the video on social media and it was seen by a member of the school community
- Authorities have the pictures and videos as evidence
- The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is now interviewing the children in the classroom at the time to determine what they saw
- Ressler’s charges could be upgraded as the investigation continues
Amelia Ressler, 30, was arrested on 19 counts of child molestation on Friday
A substitute teacher was arrested in Georgia on Friday on 19 charges of child molestation after she allegedly masturbated in front of a classroom of seven- and eight-year-old children.
According to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Amelia Ressler, 30, filmed herself while ‘engaged in indecent and immoral acts while in the presence of school-aged children’ at Mt. Zion Elementary School in Carroll County.
Authorities were alerted to the incident after Ressler herself allegedly disseminated the video and it was seen by a member of the school community.
Ressler is facing a child molestation charge for every student that was in the second-grade classroom at the time, but the sheriff’s office has warned that the charges may be upgraded as the investigation continues.
Authorities believe the incident happened on January 28 at some point between 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The video allegedly starts by showing the students in the classroom. The 13-second clip was reportedly posted to Snapchat and police have obtained video and pictures.
‘It appears she was masturbating while the classroom was full of kids,’ Ashley Hulsey with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office told Fox 5 Atlanta.
‘We obtained video evidence because she videoed it herself and disseminated it and we were able to get a hold of that evidence.’
It if not known how long Ressler had been working at the school as a substitute
Ressler is facing a child molestation charge for every student that was in the second-grade classroom at the time. Her charges could be upgraded later in the investigation
It is not known how long Ressler had been working as a substitute teacher in the school or in the Carroll County school district.
‘We appreciate the dedication Carroll County Schools has for the safety of their students as we were contacted immediately following the allegations and we will continue to work closely with them during the remainder of the investigation,’ the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Investigators are now trying to determine what exactly the children may have seen, and will conduct forensic interviews which may take several weeks to complete.
‘It’s one of these things the kids are going through that they shouldn’t,’ said Hulsey.
‘The mental anguish that it’s causing these children and parents, that was our drive behind working this case, getting it down quickly, getting her put in jail as quickly as possible.
‘It’s disturbing. That’s what it is,’ Hulsey added.
‘Where she was sitting, it wasn’t like it was a closed desk and couldn’t look up and visually see what she was doing at the time.’
Mt. Zion Elementary School in Carroll County where Ressler was working as a substitute
The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office announced the charges on Friday
One parent told Fox 5 that her daughter had been full of praise for Ressler as a substitute.
‘My daughter had been bragging about the substitute, said they were having lots of fun, they played a lot of games,’ said Nicole.
Francis Burns also has a grandson at the school.
‘She needs to pay dearly,’ Burns told CBS 46.
‘If I had a child in that class, I probably would be in jail tonight. Our kids are our future and when you have someone like that; they sure don’t need to be around children.’
Ressler was booked in Carroll County jail. She was denied bond and remains in custody.
Child molestation is a felony charge in Georgia which holds a jail sentence of between five and 20 years.