Joplin police arrested North Middle School teacher Amanda Schweitzer at 3 p.m. today on a warrant charging her with statutory rape of a student.

Police made the arrest outside Freeman Hospital East in Joplin.

Schweitzer, 37, is accused of having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old boy on March 29 at her home on West 29th Street in Joplin. The warrant carries a $40,000 cash or surety bond and a $10,000 cash-only bond.

Police and state child abuse investigators began looking into Schweitzer's involvement with students when nude photographs of her purportedly discovered on a media device were brought to the attention of school officials. Three boys, ages 13, 14 and 14, were interviewed a week ago at the Children's Center in Joplin.

Police say that the investigation is ongoing and that additional charges may be filed.  

Jeff Lehr is a reporter for The Joplin Globe. 

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