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Former Hilton Head Island High School Substitute Teacher Pleads Guilty

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24-year-old Margaret LaMantia has been sentenced to up to six years in prison after she pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor and disseminating harmful material to a minor.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says the former Spanish teacher at Hilton Head Island High School told a 16-year-old boy to buy marijuana and sent him a provocative photograph.

Judge Brooks Goldsmith has sentenced LaMantia to a youthful offender sentence, which is an indeterminate sentence of up to six years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

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UPDATE 3:45 p.m.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says Lamantia was arrested after the parents of a 16 year old boy filed a complaint with the school resource officer Tuesday after learning of what they believed to be an inappropriate relationship between the two.

BCSO says the contact apparently began at school where the victim was a student in Lamantia's Spanish class.

The two initially exchanged phone numbers just prior to the Thanksgiving holiday and began communicating with each other via text message, authorities said.

Then between November 29th and 30th, Lamantia allegedly texted a picture of her genitalia, via the Snap Chat application, to the victim's cell phone.

At some point, BCSO says, Lamantia had the victim purchase a small amount of marijuana and she picked him up from the Island Rec Center.

After learning that their son had been fired from his job at the rec center because he smelled like marijuana, the victim's parents began questioning him.

And it was during that questioning that the boy allegedly told his parents of his relationship with Lamantia.

Lamantia is charged with one count of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and one count of Disseminating Harmful Material to a Minor.

 

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News 3 has confirmed a 23-year-old, former Hilton Head Island High School substitute teacher has been arrested.  Margaret Lamantia is charged with distribution to a minor as well as contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  She was arrested yesterday.

Lamantia was a long-term substitute Spanish teacher at the high school, according to Jim Foster with the Beaufort County School District.  This was her first year teaching but she no longer works there.

WSAV continues to follow this story.  We'll have more details as they become available.

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