Laura Cross mugshot

Prosecutors: School ignores warnings, teacher has 3-year ‘affair’ with boy student, gets pregnant

A former Ohio high school teacher accused of having a three-year affair with a student and having his child is facing felony charges.

ABC Cleveland reports that Laura Lynn Cross, 36, is accused of carrying on a sexual relationship with a teen she met while teaching at Buchtel High School in Akron. She allegedly carried out the relationship from August 1, 2013, through September 6, 2016.

The student’s father said he told both Buchtel High School official and Tallmadge Police, yet nothing was ever done to stop the relationship.

In 2015, Cross left her teaching position and somehow managed to convince the teen’s mother to allow the boy to move in with her. It’s something the victim’s father found disturbing.

“First of all, she’s a schoolteacher. To get aroused by a child basically you have to be a sick individual.”

Apparently, Cross convinced the teen’s mother that while living with her, she would mentor the boy. In turn, the court approved a “partial parental custody” and legally allowed the victim to move in with his former teacher.

Charges against the former teacher were filed last week after authorities discovered that she had a child in 2015 that was kept a secret. The father of the child is reportedly her former student.

The Akron School System is currently reviewing the Cross’ history while she taught at the high school. According to the district spokesperson, officials with the school district are “doing our own internal investigation going back to 2012 to determine what exactly happened and when it happened.”

The school district spokesperson claimed that they didn’t know about the ongoing affair, but the teen’s father, adamant that he reported it, said that both the school district and police department failed his son.

“It was a straight failure from the system. From the school and definitely from the police.”

Cross is charged with three felony counts of sexual battery. She’s currently behind bars at Summit County Jail with a $100,000 bond.

[Feature Photo: Summit County Jail]