Marion County teacher assistant charged of molesting student

By Christina Jensen and Sarah Panko, News 13 Reporters
Last Updated: Friday, September 29, 2017, 11:28 AM EDT

FRIDAY UPDATE: Katie Carsey, the teaching assistant accused of having sex with a student, bonded out of Marion County Jail at 9:13 a.m. Friday. Her bond was $5,000.

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A Marion County teacher assistant is sitting in the Marion County Jail after she was charged with molesting a middle school student, according to Marion County Sheriff's Office.

  • Katie Carsey charged with lewd or lascivious conduct
  • Investigators say she met the student at Fort McCoy Middle School

Katie Carsey, 36, is being charged with lewd or lascivious molestation and she is being held on a $10,000 bond.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said she admitted to investigators that she had sexual contact with a then 14-year-old student at Fort McCoy School.

According to the sheriff's office, she was working as a paraprofessional teacher’s assistant at the school at the time when she met the student. Marion County Public School officials say she has been removed from the classroom and is on paid administrative leave. 

"Parents don’t need to be concerned because at this point we have no reason to believe anyone else is involved other than these 2 people," said Kevin Christian with Marion County Public Schools. 

The investigation started in July of 2017 when a Marion County Sheriff's Office deputy found a suspicious vehicle in a church parking lot.

According to investigators, the deputy found Carsey alone and partially clothed. At the time, she said she was meeting an adult male.

Authorities say Carsey made statements about having a relationship with an 8th grade student. 

Investigators said the teen told them he was with Carsey in the parking lot that night, but he ran away when he saw the deputy.

The victim is no longer a student at Fort McCoy School.

Parents say it's a small community. 

"This has always been a really quiet school, real close knit community, a lot of parent activity that goes on here and to have something like this happen, it's just shocking​," said parent Douglas Conner.