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Sex crimes: High school teacher charged with child molestation

A 24-year-old teacher was recently arrested. She was charged with sex crimes after she was accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old male student. Georgia authorities charged the woman with child molestation and other sex related charges.

Authorities started an investigation into alleged sex crimes, and then it reportedly revealed that sexual contact started a little less than a month ago. Following a forensic interview, a disclosure was purportedly made that there was inappropriate contact that occurred on more than one occasion. It was determined that there was enough probable cause for an arrest warrant to be issued. The teacher was arrested at the school and booked on her charges.

She was charged with aggravated sodomy and enticing a child. She was also charged with aggravated child molestation. The defendant just started her first year working as a math teacher at Newton High School.  

The defendant could face a substantial amount of time behind bars if she's convicted of child molestation and she may also be required to register as a sex offender. This can have a significant impact on her future as a teacher and in most other employment fields. However, Georgia prosecutors will need to prove each and every element of the formal accusations before a conviction can occur, a burden that is often difficult to meet.  In spite of the disturbing nature of this type of charge, the defendant has the right to a fair trial in front of a jury of her peers and is fully guaranteed the presumption of innocence at all stages of the proceedings unless and until the government can prove otherwise.

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Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Newton County teacher accused of sexually assaulting boy, 15", Alexis Stevens, Sept. 25, 2014

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