By PAUL THOMPSON
A teacher's aide is alleged to have had sex with three students while others stood by and filmed the sex romp. Clarice Lee is accused of leading the six students to a deserted school gym where she had sex with a 16-year-old and committed sex acts on two others. Three other students watched the 22-year-old woman have sex, with one of them even filming the event on his cell phone. Lee was arrested after police received a tip about the sexual contact at Amphitheater High School in Tucson, Arizona.
School chiefs called the incident 'shocking and appalling.' The short video featuring the sex romp was seized by police after they spoke to the teens, whose ages ranged from 16 to 18 years old. Detective Cindy Mechtel of the Tucson Police Department's child sexual assault unit said the incident occurred Friday. Police were told that that during lunch period Lee led the six students to an old gym on campus that is no longer used. While in the gym, Lee had intercourse with a 16-year-old boy and sexual contact with two 18-year-old students, Mechtel said.
The other three students - one aged 17 and two aged 18 - watched while one of them recorded the incident on a cellphone. Mechtel said the sex romp took minutes and she did not know if the video was shared with anyone or uploaded to the Internet. Mechtel said the teacher knew the students from passing them in the hall, but the incident appeared to be spontaneous. 'As far as we know, this is an isolated incident,' Mechtel said. 'The incident appeared to be spontaneous.
'This certainly isn't a commonplace situation for a school staff member to be involved in inappropriate behavior with so many students,' Mechtel said. 'I have never seen this before in my work with the police department.' Lee was booked into the Pima County jail on four counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.
The case will be presented to the Pima County Attorney's Office to decide if additional charges will be filed against Lee regarding the other students. Lee resigned from her position on Tuesday after her arrest. She had been with the school, working as an aide to special education students, since August 2012. Parents of other students were sent automated telephone message telling them of the situation. The parents of students who were involved in the incident were contacted directly.
According to Lee's Facebook page, which appears to have been last updated in 2010, she is a mother of two who had attended Pima Community College and has previously worked as a special-education teaching assistant at another Tucson school.