Whitfield County teacher arrested for heroin possession also accused of having sex with student

Raquel Eleana Spencer
photo Raquel Eleana Spencer

The Whitfield County, Ga., teacher who brought heroin to class this week also had sex with a student, police say.

Raquel Eleana Spencer, 28, received an added charge Thursday: sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority. Whitfield County Sheriff's Office Capt. Paul Woods said investigators searched her phone and found text messages with a student. The messages included sexual content, authorities said.

According to a release from the department, investigators talked to the student and learned that a sexual relationship between the two had been going on for a year. An English teacher, Spencer also coached the track and cheerleading teams this year.

Whitfield County Schools spokesman Eric Beavers said Spencer tendered her resignation during a meeting in the jail with Superintendent Judy Gilreath on Wednesday night, hours after the investigation began.