A high school band teacher has been charged with sexually assaulting her student, though her supporters say the claims are false. (Daily Mail)
Abby Shocik, 23, was arrested on Thursday and charged with sexual assault by Vermont state police.
Shocik works as a band teacher at the Danville School in South Burlington, Vermont.
Police are not releasing the name or age of the student, which is typical in cases that involve minors.
The only detail they have revealed is that Shocik engaged in ‘sexual misconduct’ with the student for almost an entire month.
The situation was confirmed to students parents after they received a letter from the school superintendent who offered support for anyone that wanted it.
No word yet on Shocik’s status and whether she has been released on bail, but one supporter questions the claims entirely.
A Columbus, Indiana, newspaper wrote a story about the charges, and someone named Scott Shocik- who, given his last name, is presumably related to her but that has not been confirmed- commented on the piece.
Using the Facebook comment tool, Mr Shocik wrote Saturday that ‘the child told the police nothing happened this is just a witch hunt.’
A press request to Mr Shocik went unreturned, so he was unable to clarify his statement.
Little is known about Abby Shocik. She teaches band for the entire school, which ranges from kindergarten through high school, as well as American Music History.
She graduated from the University of Vermont in 2010 and wrote her honors thesis examining the support and mentoring practices involved in a state music education program.
In the acknowledgements section of her thesis, written in the spring before her graduation last year, she thanked her daughter Sophia Marie and her then-fiancée John Metcalf.
It appears that while she and Metcalf were due to be married in August of last year, the wedding seems to have been postponed though they are still engaged.
Before teaching at the Danville School, Shocik worked at the Mount Mansfield Union High School in Jericho, Vermont.
During her time there, she was quoted in an article about the worries of new music teachers saying ‘I’m only four years older than some of my students’.