Berkley County, SC- A 29-year old Berkley County high school teacher is facing sexual assault charges after she allegedly slept with three of her students in one night. But authorities say she that wasn’t the only time she had sex with her students and sometimes engaged in the act on school campus.

Ellen Niemiec, a married mother of three, is facing three charges of sexual battery after sleeping with three of her students in one night while attending a house-party on April 11th, according to News Radio 94.3. Two of the charges are felonies because the men were under the age of 17, the third man was 18.

The arrest affidavit was issued for the battery that occurred on April 11th, but Mike Bosnak, the attorney representing the victims and their families said there were other occasions and places where Niemiec would have sex with her students.

“It started off with kind of sexual talk and it ended up dirty talk and then it ended up texting pictures, and it’s our understanding that this teacher had, would have sexual talks with her class on numerous occasions,” Bosnak said, according to WSC 94.3. “And it escalated from that into, you know, actual physical, the physical part of this.”

The allegation came to light when a person who has not been identified reported the battery to school authorities on April 28th.

Niemiec turned herself into police last Thursday and is currently out on bond, but she has been confined to her home and ordered not to contact the students. She resigned from her position.

If convicted she faces five years in jail for the two felony counts and 30 days for the misdemeanor count.

Niemiec’s behavior is appalling. It’s bad enough that she had sexual relations with two of her underage students, even if it was consensual, but she also set a bad example by talking about sex in front of her young and impressionable students.

Many students in high school and middle school encounter sexual harassment on school campus and in their after school jobs.

A study, release in April of this year, showed that sexual harassment in middle schools was rampant and many students just consider it a normal part of their daily routine. According to the study, 27 percent of girls 25 percent of boys and said they encountered physical and verbal sexual harassment while on school campus. Some of these incidents occurred in hallways and in classrooms under the noses of teachers.

Another study which focused on teens in the workplace found that 54 percent of girls and 37 percent of boys regularly faced sexual harassment by older coworkers or bosses who have more authority.

If students are being subjected to sexual harassment and consider it a normal y, they will take those values with them when they become adults. They may enter the workforce with the misunderstanding that sexual harassment is acceptable. If they are the harasser, they may not realize the behavior is wrong and may be unaware of the consequences of their actions. If they are the victim, they may not realize that they don’t have to endure the abusive behavior and have legal rights to stop it.

A person who is regularly subjected to inappropriate comments or unwanted touching can contact a sexual harassment attorney to put an end to the abuse and seek compensation for their emotional distress.