Rapid City teacher accused of abusing student with disabilities

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - A Rapid City school teacher is arrested, charged with abusing a male student with disabilities at East Middle School.

Shea Lindsey, a first-year teacher with Rapid City Area Schools, is accused of abusing a 12-year-old student at East Elementary School. (KOTA TV / PCSO)

Shea Lindsey, 25 of Rapid City, was arrested Thursday morning following an investigation that began May 14 when allegations surfaced. Lindsey was placed on administrative leave by the school district.

The abuse of the 12-year-old student allegedly happened May 13.

Specifics of the alleged abuse were not released; and documents such as a no contact order and the law enforcement report were sealed.

“We take these allegations extremely seriously,” Rapid City Area Schools Superintendent Dr. Lori Simon said in a release. “It is the fundamental responsibility of every RCAS staff member to keep kids safe. Any failure to do so is contrary to everything RCAS stands for.”

This was Lindsey's first year with the school district.

State law and district policy require every staff member to have a clear background check before employment. Lindsey complied with the policy.

Child Abuse is a Class 4 felony punishable with a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Lindsey is being held in the Pennington County Jail on a $2,500 bond.