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article imageCatholic school teacher charged with raping 14-year-old student

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By Brett Wilkins     Nov 7, 2013 in Crime
White Plains - A former teacher at a private Catholic boys' high school in suburban New York accused of raping a 14-year-old student has turned herself in to authorities.
NBC New York reports 27-year-old Amanda Iles, formerly a teacher in the religion department at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, surrendered to police on Wednesday morning after returning to New York from California.
Lohud.com reports Iles was arraigned on two counts of second-degree rape for incidents investigators say occurred at her Eastchester home following the end of the last school year in June. The boy's parents notified police after learning of the alleged illicit sexual relationship.
Assistant District Attorney Frank Luis said investigators have photo and video evidence of the illicit affair. Police said the evidence shows the couple engaged in sexual activity.
"As a teacher, this defendant was in a position of trust and authority," District Attorney Janet DiFiore said in a statement. "In becoming involved with a student incapable of consent, she abused that privilege."
School officials released a statement confirming they had "recently learned of the possibility of an alleged improper relationship involving a former faculty member and a student." The statement said that Iles had resigned her post "at the end of school last June."
News 12 Westchester reports Iles has been released on $25,000 bail and is due back in court next month. If convicted, she faces up to seven years in a state prison.
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