Police in South Carolina arrested 27-year-old Elizabeth Heaton Taylor Thursday after they found her half undressed in the back of an SUV with a student.

Taylor was a track coach and a biology teacher at Greer High School and a spokesperson for the district told WYFF that she was dismissed on Friday. Deputies came upon the SUV on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. after seeing it parked suspiciously in a parking lot in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

She is charged with two counts of sexual battery with a student between 16 and 17 years old. Greenville County Sheriff’s Office representative Ryan Flood said that when police confronted Taylor, she gave them a false name. Police believe that Taylor has engaged in sexual acts with the student on at least two occasions since the beginning of the year. She was jailed on $10,250 bond.

Taylor was married in August of 2017, an article from their wedding says that Taylor graduated from Mauldin High School in 2009 and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina in 2012. An article in the school’s newspaper reports that Taylor began teaching at Greer High School in 2015.

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Taylor is one of the first misbehaving teachers that we’ve seen come out of South Carolina, though North Carolina has had plenty of out-of-line educators. In November, 23-year-old Katherine Ridenhour was nabbed for having a relationship with a 17-year-old student.

The South Carolina penal code defines sexual battery as “sexual intercourse, cunnilingus, fellatio, anal intercourse, or any intrusion, however slight, of any part of a person’s body or of any object into the genital or anal openings of another person’s body.” The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story misstated Katherine Ridenhour’s name as Elizabeth Ridenhour. 

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