A recently-fired Lake Norman High School guidance counselor is charged with having sex with a 17-year-old student.
Amy Hogan Saffos, 42, facing three counts of "sex acts with a student by school personnel other than a teacher." She was taken into custody late Wednesday morning and placed under $175,000 secured bond.
Saffos, who lives in Statesville, is scheduled to appear in District Court in Mooresville on Thursday.
Saffos was terminated by LNHS on June 27 after Iredell-Statesville Schools officials learned of the alleged incidents. She had been a counselor at the school since August 2006, her only job in the school system. Saffos’ I-SS webpage indicates that she had been a high school counselor since 1998.
“We will continue to hold our staff to a high standard and when the standards are breached, the response will be swift,” said I-SS public information officer Susie Wiberg.
Maj. Darren Campbell, supervisor of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, said detectives with the Special Victims Unit began an investigation last week when they received information from I-SS about sexual contact between the counselor and the student.
Campbell said detectives were able to find evidence of four incidents between the counselor and the teenage boy. Three of the incidents allegedly occurred in Iredell County. Law enforcement from the other jurisdiction is investigating and will likely bring charges as well, Campbell said.
The boy is above the age of consent in North Carolina – 16 – but because Saffos is in a position of authority, the charges were filed.
In her duties as counselor at LNHS, Saffos was responsible for students in grades 11-12 with last names ranging from A-M, according to the school’s webpage.
LNHS’ website lists three categories of services that counselors provide to students: college and career planning, academic counseling and personal/social counseling. The personal counseling can include meeting with individual students in a confidential setting to discuss any emotional, social or academic concerns.