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Charleston,WV teacher arrested and accused of sexual abuse of a 16-year-old student

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Michelle Ball, arrested and accused of sexual abuse in Charleston, WV Michelle Ball, arrested and accused of sexual abuse in Charleston, WV

A Capital High School teacher has been accused of sexual abuse with one of her students. Charleston Police arrested 30-year-old Michelle Ball of St. Albans, West Virginia and charged her with first-degree sexual abuse.

"She was cool, laid back. I just did not expect her to do it," said Edmond Harvey, a senior at Capital High School who had Ball as a teacher last year.

For students and parents at Capital High School, the arrest of a popular teacher came as a total surprise.

"We were horrified to hear the news," said Amy Weintraub, a parent of two students at Capital High. Weintraub's foreign exchange student had Ball as a Spanish teacher this year.

Michelle Ball, a Spanish teacher at Capital High was arrested and charged Tuesday with first-degree sexual abuse. Charleston Police say she had a sexual relationship with one of her 16-year-old students.

"If a student wanted help, she gave them help," said Harvey.

According to Capital High School's website, Ball had been at the school for three years. However, parents of students in her class say for the past few weeks she had been absent.

"As soon as the administrators found out that something was going on, the teacher wasn't here anymore," said Weintraub.

According to the criminal complaint, the relationship started January of last year. By the end of June, early July, the relationship turned sexual.

The victim told police the two took a trip to Ohio, where they shopped at area malls. Police said she also took him to her house in St. Albans, where they showered together. Additionally, on numerous occasions she gave him marijuana.

"It is not indicative of the teachers who are in this building. They are awesome and we are absolutely committed to the school and we know what a great faculty it is," said Weintraub.

If convicted on all counts, Ball could face up to five years in prison. She was arraigned late Tuesday afternoon in the Kanawha County Magistrate Court. She is currently being held on a $50,000 bond.