UPDATE: St. Joseph teacher arrested for inappropriate conduct with a female student

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ST. JOSEPH, Mich. --- A St. Joseph, Michigan, high school teacher was arrested after allegations that she had an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Lauren Hill, 26, from St. Joseph, was charged with four counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct.

On Wednesday, April 29, the St. Joseph Department of Public Safety was contacted by the St. Joseph Public Schools regarding allegations of an inappropriate relationship between a teacher and one of her students.

According to police, an investigation revealed evidence establishing probable cause that Hill had engaged in inappropriate conduct with one of her students.

Based on the probable cause, Hill was arrested and lodged at the Berrien County Jail on two counts of 2nd degree Criminal Sexual Conduct and two counts of 3rd degree Criminal Sexual Conduct.

The case has since been turned over to the Berrien County Prosecutor's Office.

Superintendent Ann Cardon released the following statement, saying:

"On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, the parents of a student at our high school brought a concern to our attention regarding an inappropriate relationship with one of our teachers. We immediately interviewed the teacher, placed her on paid administrative leave and called the police.

"On May 1, 2015 the teacher resigned all duties with our district.

"We are thankful to SJPD for their quick response and support.

"Our high school administration and staff have handled this situation with tremendous professionalism and respect. Our main focus is always student safety and our efforts will be concentrated on providing a safe and calm learning environment as we finish the school year."

Hill was being held at the Berrien County Jail until Sunday, May 3 when she posted a $10,000 bond.

Current and former students say Hill was the coach of the girls soccer team and that's where the relationship started. Hill is a 2006 Michigan Gatorade Player of the Year for girls soccer. She was also a soccer standout at Michigan State University.

Students say she was one of the most loved teachers and no one could say anything bad about her.

Hill is expected to be arraigned on May 12.