Feb. 1—The charge towards a former Sarcoxie High School instructor for having alleged sexual contact with a student has been dismissed in mild of their subsequent marriage and its affect on prosecution of the case.
Baylee A. Turner, 26, was charged in February 2019 with having sexual contact with one of her male college students after an investigation by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department.
Turner was in the center of her first yr of instructing English at Sarcoxie High School when a case arose that she’d had sexual activity with a student the week of Jan. 14-21, 2019, and he or she resigned from her place. She had taught on the district’s center college for 2 years earlier than taking the place at the highschool.
The Sarcoxie School Board subsequently voted to petition the state to have her instructing license revoked.
Nate Dally, an assistant prosecutor in the case, instructed the Globe that the charge towards her was being dismissed in mild of the defendant having married the student in query. Dally stated that as a result of marital or spousal privilege now applies, her former student can now not be compelled to testify towards her, making the state’s case exceedingly troublesome to show in court docket.
Dally stated that Turner has surrendered her state instructing license, which has been a major concern of the prosecutor’s workplace in the case.
The probable-cause affidavit filed in the case didn’t present the student’s age. State regulation prohibits sexual contact with a student by a college district worker, volunteer or official, both elected or appointed, regardless of whether or not the student is a minor or of age for consensual intercourse.
Turner is one of six younger educators in Southwest Missouri to be accused in latest years of having sexual relations with a student. The charge additionally has been filed towards lecturers or student lecturers in Joplin, Webb City, Monett, Diamond and McDonald County colleges.