During a worried and confrontational telephone call with a 16-year-old boy, Paradise Valley High School English teacher Jennifer Mally expressed concern she might be arrested and asked him to promise not to reveal the nature of their relationship to anyone, court documents revealed Thursday.
But it was too late for the married 26-year-old Scottsdale resident. Phoenix police arrested Mally at the school’s district office in northeast Phoenix about 1 p.m. on Wednesday during a due process hearing, according to a court document and a school spokeswoman.
She was placed on paid administrative leave April 25 amid allegations of sexual misconduct with the student since October.
During the call — which was recorded — Mally admitted to the boy knowledge of his age and having a sexual relationship with him, according Maricopa County Superior Court documents.
Mally, a second-year teacher at Paradise Valley High School and its cheerleading coach, was arrested on 29 counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and booked into the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail.
Mally, who is accused of engaging in “repeated and chronic” sexual acts, had sex with the boy at each of their residences, inside her vehicle and various locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale, according to court records.
While being questioned by Phoenix police, the boy disclosed numerous incidents of sexual activity with Mally, according to the court document.
Mally posted a $18,000 bail from the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail on Wednesday, hours after she was arrested, according to the court. She currently is on house arrest and is required to wear an electronic monitoring device.
The school sent home letters Thursday signed by Paradise Valley High School Principal Cara Herkamp to inform them of the incident and to let them know that Mally is not allowed on school grounds.
She also is not permitted to have any contact with minors, the officers who arrested her or the boy she is accused of having a sexual relationship with.
No other victims have come forward to report inappropriate activity with the teacher, according to Phoenix police.