A former Proctorville, Ohio teacher, Amy Adkins, 30, is headed to federal prison after she admitted to sex with a 16-year-old student and selling Adderall. United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers sentenced the former high school Spanish teacher to five years behind bars.
Adkins taught Spanish at Fairland High School in Proctorville, Ohio. The United States Attorney Mike Stuart said Adkins’ crimes occurred during the 2017/2018 academic year.
She admitted to frequently communicating with a young male student on social media. On April 7, 2017, Adkins admitted that she drove from her home in Huntington, West Virginia to Proctorville to pick up the boy. She then drove him back to Huntington with the intent of having illegal sexual contact with the boy. Adkins also admitted that she had sex with the student in her home.
The FBI, West Virginia State Police and Lawrence County Department of Job and Family Services conducted the investigation.
“Adkins abused her position of authority as a teacher to betray the trust of this student and his family,” said Stuart. “Parents expect their kids to be safe from predatory behavior at school, not preyed upon.”
But this Ohio teacher didn’t limit herself to sex with teens, she also sold Adderall.
The United States Attorney Mike Stuart said Amy Adkins frequently sold portions of her Adderall prescription to friends and acquaintances. She specifically admitted to selling one close friend five Adderall pills on March 9, 2018.
The court sentenced Adkins to five years in prison for travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and distribution of Adderall. In addition to the five years, Adkins must complete 20 years of supervised release and register as a sex offender.
The case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood. Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative of the Department of Justice. The program combats the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. The United States Attorney’s Offices leads the effort, along with the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section. Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.