Shelbyville teacher accused of providing sex, pot, alcohol to minors

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A middle school teacher in Shelbyville faces 13 counts following an investigation into sexual misconduct with minors.

Bethany Appleton, 28, Shelbyville, worked as a middle school teacher for Shelbyville Central Schools. According to police, the school district notified the Indiana Department of Child Services regarding possible misconduct by Appleton. Shelbyville police said the school district cooperated fully with the investigation.

According to police, the investigation uncovered several victims. Between April 2011 and May 2012, investigators said Appleton had sexual relations with one victim in her home and provided alcohol and marijuana to her victims. Police said Appleton often drank and smoked with them.

According to a website Appleton set up, she is originally from Trafalgar, Ind., and graduated from Indian Creek High School. Appleton wrote that she graduated from Hanover College and was pursuing a masters degree through Indiana Wesleyan University.

The website said Appleton was hired as a mild disabilities teacher at Shelbyville Middle School in 2008. She also said she comes from a family of teachers.

Appleton faces four counts of sexual misconduct with a minor. Other charges against her include child seduction, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and maintaining a common nuisance.