HORRY COUNTY, SC – A former Horry County teacher charged with unlawful conduct toward a child has pled guilty to the charge Monday afternoon, and must turn herself into police by Friday.
In April 2013, police charged Anna Rogers after authorities say a then 5-year-old special needs student brought a recorder to Forestbrook Elementary School and secretly recorded the teacher.
The arrest stemmed from an incident on March 20, 2013 when the principal and other officials at Forestbrook Elementary School called police to the school to see if any laws had been broken by recent behavior of school personnel, according to a Horry County Police report.
The parents of a 5-year-old special needs child sent him to Forestbrook Elementary School with a hidden audio recording device and the audio was played for police and school officials.
During part of the recording the boy is “screaming to stop pinching him and calls [one suspect’s] name,” the police report said.
During the recording, the pair of school workers are heard: “a door can be heard shutting and the teacher and aide were talking and one of them said something about it being a good thing that there are not cameras in the room yet,” the police report said.
The recordings from the boy tend to indicate the boy was sent to an “office” which was actually a 5 foot square bathroom in the classroom for “being bad,” according to the police report.
On the recording, a person made the boy continuously repeat that he had been bad and that he would not do so again, according to the police report.
Rogers, who had previously chosen not to plead guilty in the case was scheduled to stand trial this week. However, Rogers has instead pleaded guilty to the original charge of unlawful conduct toward a child and was sentenced to serve three years in prison, and must self report to authorities by September 18, according to Solicitor Monice Wooten.
Rogers also loses her teaching license and is now documented on the child abuse and neglect registry following her guilty plea Monday.
Police also charged, Linda Warriner, a teachers-aide at Forestbrook Elementary school. She pleaded guilty in the same case and was sentenced to three years in jail in 2014.