A former school administrator has been jailed after admitting to raping a 15-year-old student.
Rachelle Louise Terry, 43, pleaded guilty on Wednesday (June 14) to statutory rape, sexual exploitation of children, tampering with evidence and contributing to the delinquency of a minor as well.
She was also guilty of furnishing alcohol to minors after she provided booze to youngsters at a Halloween party she hosted.
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As a result Terry, who was director of federal programs and enrollment with the Murray County School District in Georgia, US, was handed a three-year sentence plus an additional 12 years of probation to be served following her release.
"Additionally, part of negotiated plea included multiple special conditions imposed on sex offense cases which include no contact with children under 18, no alcohol, a curfew, and no internet access or social media use," the District Attorney's office wrote in an email to Atlanta ABC affiliate WST-TV.
Suspicions began to arise around Terry's behaviour in November 2022, when the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) began probing allegations that she gave alcoholic beverages to children at a Halloween party hosted at her house.
Murray County superintendent of schools Steve Loughridge contacted the Murray County Sheriff’s Office reporting the incident after the parents of one of the students who attended the bash complained.
The Conasauga County District Attorney’s Office then reportedly took over the investigation, revealing Terry had been having a "sexual relationship" with a student after allegedly recovering digital evidence from the mobile phones of students who had attended the party.
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Terry initially denied any illicit involvement with the student, but over the course of the investigation it was revealed she had bought software to permanently delete all data from her mobile phone.
The 15-year-old student was later interviewed by a forensic investigator with the Children’s Advocacy Centre-Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit, where the boy confirmed the messages from his conversations with Terry were accurate.
He also said he and Terry had engaged in sexual acts together.
After she is eventually released from custody Terry will be required to register as a sex offender because of the nature of her crimes.
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