Former teacher sues Union Co. school district after nude photo scandal

Posted at 10:34 PM, Mar 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-19 22:34:29-04

Union, SC (WHNS) – The former Union County teacher whose nude photos were circulated has filed a lawsuit against the school district.

Leigh Anne Arthur said on Feb. 18 she stepped out of a classroom at Union County Career and Technology Center and left her cellphone on her desk.

A 16-year-old student is accused of going through the pictures on her cell phone and sharing them with others. The student, who has not been identified due to his age, is charged with one count of violating the state’s computer crime act and one count of aggravated voyeurism.

On Mar. 18, Arthur filed a lawsuit against Union County Schools and David Eubanks, interim superintendent for damages as a result of loss of income, mental suffering and emotional distress.

Arthur accused the school district and Eubanks of making defamatory statements against her.

“Because of the publication of the false, malicious and defamatory statements, [Arthur] has suffered injury to her good name and reputation and has enduring and will continue to endure embarrassment and humiliation,” the lawsuit reads.

The lawsuit says Arthur has worked for Union County schools since 2003, during which time she spent “thousands of dollars of her own money on materials.”

A spokesperson for the school district said they are aware of the lawsuit and it has been forwarded to the district’s attorneys. Union County Schools had no additional comment.