The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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April 23, 2014

Former Webb City teacher charged with sexual contact with student

WEBB CITY, Mo. — A former Webb City High School choir teacher was charged Tuesday in Jasper County Circuit Court with having sexual contact with a student.

According to a probable-cause statement, Carrie Njoroge, 30, of Oronogo, had consensual sexual intercourse with an 18-year-old male student in her office at Webb City High School during the evening hours of April 15.

The student reportedly told law enforcement that he and Njoroge had participated in an ongoing sexual relationship for about three months, according to the affidavit.

No arrest had been made as of 3 p.m. Wednesday. Police went to Njoroge’s home Wednesday morning to serve the warrant, but she was not there. Oronogo police Chief Jeff Fries said authorities have been in contact with her through a family member and that she was encouraged to turn herself in.

Superintendent Tony Rossetti said Njoroge had been employed with the school district for seven years and had recently been serving as the high school choir teacher.

He said administrators placed Njoroge on administrative leave on April 17, after they received notification of “allegations of misconduct,” and informed local law enforcement. He said Njoroge resigned her position the next day.

Citing student privacy laws and Njoroge’s pending charge, Rossetti said he could not comment further on the allegations.

Rossetti said the district will continue to cooperate with Webb City police and other local law enforcement agencies in the investigation.

“Needless to say, the district is both shocked and saddened by these events,” he said in a statement released to media Wednesday morning. “However, we will continue to work with local authorities to bring resolution and accountability to all involved.”

Missouri law

MISSOURI IN 2011 became the first state to make it against the law for a schoolteacher, teacher’s aide or school volunteer to have sexual contact with a student, no matter the age of the student.

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