The South Carolina Board of Education has suspended the teaching certificate of a Pee Dee teacher accused of sleeping with her student.
Carole Ann Hope is charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor and lewd act with a minor in Darlington and Horry counties.
She's on administrative paid leave from New Heights Elementary School in Chesterfield County where she was teaching. The state board issued a summary suspension of Hope's certificate Friday afternoon.
The board says she may pose a threat to the health, safety or welfare of students.
Officials could move to revoke her her educator certificate if she's found guilty of the charges against her.