A then-teacher in Sandpoint, Idaho is facing felonies for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old student.
47-year-old Nichole Thiel was 46 years old at the time, December of 2015, and was a culinary arts teacher working at Lake Pend Oreille High School.
The student copped to the illicit affair to a school counselor last year, and local cops were called in order to investigate the claims.
According to that student, it started when Ms. Thiel was upset and crying and the student tried to console her with a hug. She then allegedly kissed him on the cheek.
He helped her set up Facebook messenger on her phone at a later date, and the two started corresponding there.
Over the Christmas break back in 2015, he says she picked him up at his dad’s house and took him to her condominium. He claims that Thiel then told him she hadn’t had sex in six years. She offered to give him a back rub, which led to the full shebang.
That was the only time the two had sex, according to the student. He also says she’d contacted him recently offering to write him a letter of recommendation for college.
Her current job is as the vice principal and director of activities at Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy. She’s currently on administrative leave from that job.
She’s been charged with sexual battery and is due back in court on March 1st.