42-year-old teacher arrested for relationship with teen student

A Laurel High School teacher is behind bars, accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Delaware State Police say 42-year-old Thomas Stetina of Millsboro developed a relationship with a 17-year-old male Laurel High School student.

Police say Stetina not only provided alcohol to the teen, but also smoked marijuana with the student on at least two occasions between October and December of last year.

Stetina is charged with two counts of distribution of marijuana to a minor, endangering the welfare of a child and providing alcohol to an underage person; he is being held at Sussex Correctional Institute on $4,600 secured bond.

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According to police, information from an anonymous tipster launched the criminal investigation.

Stetina’s employment status remains unknown.

Calls to the Laurel School District have not been returned yet.

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