Marie Ellen Donaldson, 35, of Bancroft, was arrested this week on an Arizona arrest warrant and charged with nine counts of intentionally or knowingly engaging “in oral sexual contact with a person under 18 years of age,” according to media reports.
Marie Ellen is the wife of North Gem School District’s Superintendent Curry Donaldson.
Marie Ellen was a teacher at Arizona’s San Simon High School when the alleged incidents occurred. Her husband was that district’s superintendent before taking over at North Gem this past summer. His wife did not work for the North Gem School District.
According to a 27-page report issued by the Cochise County, Arizona, Sheriff’s Office, Marie Ellen “conducted a romantic relationship involving sexual
conduct” with a 16-year old boy who was a student at San Simon High School.
The alleged incidents took place between December 2013 and May 2014, and according to the report, the “incidents of consensual contact were oral, not intercourse.”
A report posted by the KVOA television station in Tucson, Ariz., said the Cochice County Sheriff’s Office didn’t begin its investigation until May 15 of last year. Marie Ellen’s teaching contract ended in May, and her husband resigned as superintendent two months later and received a cash settlement for the remainder of his contract.
Caribou County Sheriff Ric Anderson said his office executed the arrest warrant on Tuesday, and Marie Ellen was taken to the Caribou County Jail. Sheriff Anderson said she was released after posting a $25,000 bond on Wednesday and is scheduled to appear in court in Arizona on Monday.
All the charges against the former teacher are “class 2” felonies in Arizona. According to Arizona law, class 2 felonies can result in a prison term of between three and 10 years.