Female substitute teacher, 19, arrested ‘after sending explicit photos and videos to male students’

Female substitute teacher 19 arrested after sending explicit photos and


Female substitute teacher, 19, is arrested ‘after sending sexually explicit photos and videos to male students, ages 13 and 14’

  • Emily Durden charged with indecent liberties with a student and second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, and display of material harmful to a minor
  • Durden was hired as a part-time substitute teacher at Crest Middle School in Shelby, North Carolina, on November 8 
  • Officials say just four days into her job, Durden started sending X-rated photos and videos to young students 
  • One boy told his parents about the inappropriate material, and they called school resource officer 
  • Durden, 19, allegedly admitted to sending explicit photos and recordings of unspecified nature with children between the ages of 13 and 14 
  • Durden met school district’s legal requirements to work as a substitute because she was older than the age of 18 and had a high school diploma










A 19-year-old substitute teacher at a North Carolina middle school has been accused of sending sexually explicit photos and videos to her 13- and 14-year-old male students.   

Emily Durden, from Shelby, was arrested last Thursday and booked into the Cleveland County jail on two counts each of indecent liberties with a student and second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, and three counts of display of material harmful to a minor.

Durden, who previously worked as a substitute teacher at Crest Middle School, was released the next day after posting $50,000 secure bond. 

Under the conditions of her release, the 19-year-old must stay away from the school and make no contact with the victims.  

Former North Carolina substitute teacher Emily Durden, 19, has been charged with indecent liberties with a student and second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, and display of material harmful to a minor

Former North Carolina substitute teacher Emily Durden, 19, has been charged with indecent liberties with a student and second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, and display of material harmful to a minor

According to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation into Durden was launched just hours before her arrest, when a school resource officers at Crest Middle School got a call from a parent complaining that the substitute teacher had possibly been sending their son inappropriate images and videos. 

When interviewed by sheriff’s detectives, Durden allegedly admitted to sharing sexually explicit photos and recordings of unspecified nature with children between the ages of 13 and 14. 

Durden was hired as a part-time substitute teacher on November 8 and had been just four days on the job before investigators say she started sending inappropriate messages to minors. 

Officials told WSOC-TV that the X-rated materials were shared by phone.

One male student told his parents about the images out of fear that they would eventually find it on their own, and the parents immediately contacted the school resource officer.

In the course of the investigation conducted by the sheriff’s office, it was uncovered that at least one other student allegedly received similar photos and videos from Durden.

Durden was hired as a part-time substitute teacher at Crest Middle School in Shelby, North Carolina, on November 8 and within four days started sending X-rated images to teens, officials said

Durden was hired as a part-time substitute teacher at Crest Middle School in Shelby, North Carolina, on November 8 and within four days started sending X-rated images to teens, officials said 

Officials are not ruling out the possibility that there could be additional victims out there and are asking parents whose children may have been targeted by Durden to contact them. 

Assistant Deputy Chief Durwin Briscoe, who has been with the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office for 29 years, told WBTV that Durden is the youngest person he has ever charged for sending lewd messages to children.

A spokesperson for Cleveland County Schools said Durden met the legal requirements to work as a substitute because she was older than the age of 18 and had a high school diploma or its equivalent. 

Under North Carolina law, substitute teachers are not required to be licensed, or have college degrees, although the rules vary from district to district. 

Durden is no longer employed by the district.   



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