Teacher, student found in locked classroom by principal

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Months long relationship

COTTONWOOD, Ariz. -- The following is a press release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office:

On March 4, 2009, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office received information from an administrator at the American Heritage Academy alleging sexual misconduct between one of their teachers and a student. The school is located in the 2000 block of East Cherry Street, Cottonwood. Detectives from YCSO's Criminal Investigations Section were notified and began an investigation at the school.

The principal told detectives he initially attempted to enter the classroom for biology teacher Emili Kay Daniels, but the door was locked. After unlocking the door with a key, he saw Daniels and a 17-year-old male student inside near the teacher's desk. The male student's pants were undone, exposing his underwear. Both denied any sexual conduct at the time. Daniels is 34 years of age and resides in Camp Verde.

Daniels and the student were separated and remained on campus until the arrival of YCSO personnel. During the subsequent investigation that afternoon and into the next day, the student admitted a relationship with Daniels beginning in October of 2008. In November, the relationship became sexual and involved at least 3 sexually related incidents which occurred in or around the classroom. Detectives are also reviewing text messages and emails related to the relationship.

As a result of the investigation, Daniels was arrested yesterday afternoon and booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on 3 counts of Sexual Conduct With a Minor.

Anyone with additional information regarding Daniels or this situation may contact Detective Shonna Willingham at 928-554-8714.