Friday, September 26, 2014

Interviews with Jasper High School students among evidence against former teacher's aide

Interviews with six Jasper High School students were included in the discovery evidence turned over to the lawyer for former Jasper High School teacher's aide Janice Rusk who faces charges of statutory rape and statutory sodomy.

The evidence also included a 23-page report from the Jasper County Sheriff's Department, a four-page report from the Jasper Police Department, and the investigative report from Jasper County Children's Division.

Search warrant information for two cell phones owned by Rusk were also noted in court documents.

Rusk is scheduled for a 9 a.m. hearing November 10, with court records indicating a possible change of plea may be made at that time.

An exchange of text messages led to a sexual liaison between the teacher's aide and a high school boy, according to the probable cause statement filed in Jasper County Circuit Court.

The allegations against Ms. Rusk, an aide in the special education department at the time of the alleged incident, but who is no longer working at the school, are spelled out in the probable cause statement from Detective Ed Bailey of the Jasper County Sheriff's Department:

On March 26, 2014, I was advised by Children's Division and the Jasper, Missouri, Police Department of incidents of sexual contact between Janice Lorene Rusk (an adult) and several juvenile males.

I made contact with D.S., a 16-year-old male on April 2, 2014. During an interview, D. S. said that on a day in the first week of December 2013, he had deviate sexual intercourse and sexual intercourse with Rusk.

D. S. explained that he had been texting Rusk for a while an they agreed to meet on a bridge at the west edge of B. S.'s family property on Baseline Blvd. in Jasper County.

After Rusk arrived at the location and told D. S. that he could not tell anyone about the event, Rusk stroked his bare penis with her hand. After this action, Rusk removed her pants; D. S. removed his pants and they engaged in sexual intercourse. D. S. stated this ended with him ejaculating.

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