9:32 PM EDT, September 27, 2011
Off the job and under investigation, a Monrovia teacher and coach is accused of raping a female student.
Superintendent Julie Wood with the Monroe-Gregg School District said the school learned of the allegations Monday, after the student reported the alleged assault. The student told her parents who alerted police.
"The allegation was deeply disturbing to the school district. We immediately began an investigation today."
According to the police report, the relationship started in January. The student said she waited to come forward because she was ashamed and scared after what happened.
The police report stated that the teacher sent inappropriate text messages and "would ask for nude pictures of her and threatened to rape her if she did not send them... (She) did send them." The student said some of the inappropriate behavior happened on school grounds, saying the teacher, "came up to her and pinned her against the wall and began to kiss her."
Then on May 29, the male teacher asked the student to babysit his children for him and his wife. The student checked with the wife to make sure they needed a babysitter and the wife confirmed that they did, but "when she got to the house his children were not there... stated she told him to take her home and he denied her... forced her clothes off and had sex with her."
The report then said the teacher drove the student home and paid her $20 for babysitting.
Brittany Brackett is a former student.
"Nobody was really surprised when this same mishap happened last year," she said.
Brackett said a teacher and coach was accused, not of rape, but of being inappropriate with female students last year.
"Being a little too touchy feely with female students. Different things happening in the classroom that were really inappropriate."
According to Brackett, that teacher was disciplined and eventually returned to school.
Jennifer Lanham has three children in the school system. She said she is concerned because parents haven’t been notified of anything.
"I don't feel like they're safe. I don't feel like they're safe now."
The teacher accused in raping the student has been placed on paid administrative leave. Fox59 is not naming the teacher because he hasn’t been criminally charged at this point.