Rapid City teacher arrested for child abuse
PENNINGTON COUNTY, SD – Deputies with the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office have arrested Shea Lindsey, 25 years old of Rapid City, for a charge of child abuse. Lindsey is a teacher at East Middle School in Rapid City and the alleged victim is a male student with disabilities. Based on an investigation launched on May 14, 2019, Investigators recommended charges be filed. The States Attorney’s Office agreed and an arrest warrant was issued.
The moment the allegations surfaced on May 14, Rapid City Area School District leaders placed Lindsey on administrative leave pending an investigation into the allegations.
“We take these allegations extremely seriously,” Rapid City Area Schools Superintendent Dr. Lori Simon said. “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.”
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/or a fine of $20,000.