A former Choctaw Elementary School teacher has been arrested and charged in connection with allegations that she was was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a middle school student.
Victoria Meghan Lucus, 26, came under investigation by the Department of Human Services (DHS) in May, when the agency became aware of allegations of an inappropriate relationship between the teacher and a 13-year-old boy. The boy had reportedly been one of Lucus's students before he moved on to middle school.
The boy told authorities that he and his former teacher had been exchanging sexually explicit text messages and SnapChat messages since early this year, in some cases exchanging nude photos.
According to reports, the boy exposed himself to the woman on several occasions, but she simply told him to "put it away." However, the boy says she later began communicating with him in a sexual manner, and even touched him inappropriately in April after she took him to Bricktown to celebrate his birthday.
Investigators say that Lucus admitted to exchanging sexually explicit messages and images with the boy and admitted to touching his genitals, but that she shifted the blame for the incidents to the child.
Earlier this week, Lucus was charged in Oklahoma County District Court with two counts of lewd or indecent acts with a child under 16, and a judge issued a warrant for her arrest.
The former teacher, who resigned amid the investigation, was arrested yesterday. She pleaded not guilty to the charges. Judge Russell Hall set bond at $30,000. A preliminary hearing conference is set for August 9.
Lewd acts with a child under 16 (21 O.S. § 1123) is a felony sex crime punishable by 3 to 20 years in prison if the child involved is aged 12-15. If, however, the victim is a child under 12, the crime is punishable by a minimum of 25 years in prison and a maximum of life behind bars. In either case, a person convicted of lewd acts in Oklahoma must register as a sex offender for life.
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