Cherryville High School teacher charged with sexual activity with a student

- The Cherryville Police Department arrested a local high school teacher Wednesday after she reportedly engaged in sexual activity with a 17 year old student. 

Officers said Summer Dellinger Sparrow, 41, turned herself in to Lt. Stout with the Cherryville Police Department on an outstanding warrant for sexual activity with a student. 

According to search warrants, the student took a nude picture of Sparrow through Snapchat and shared it with his friends, after he and Sparrow had sex at her home.

According to the Cherryville High School's website, Sparrow is listed as an English teacher. Gaston County Schools says Sparrow has held that position since 2004. The school district says she is currently suspended with pay and that she has had no previous suspensions or demotions.

Sparrow was taken before a Magistrate at the Gaston County Jail where she received a $10,000 unsecured bond. On Thursday, at Sparrow's first court appearance, she chose to use her own attorney, instead of a court-appointed lawyer. 

The Cherryville Police Department says the investigation is still ongoing at this time. 

 

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