Sunday, January 29, 2017

Trial canceled for former Webb City teacher on sex charge; hearing set for Monday

The March 28 trial date for former Webb City High School choir instructor Carrie Njoroge, who is charged with sexual contact with a student, has been canceled, according to online Jasper County Circuit Court records.

No reason for the cancellation was given, but the Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney's office has asked for a hearing Monday, which could be an indication that a plea deal has been reached.

Njoroge's trial was originally scheduled to begin October 15, 2015. She is represented by Dee Wampler, Springfield.

An after-hours sex act with an 18-year-old high school student led to criminal charges being filed against Njoroge, according to the probable cause statement.

The act allegedly took place Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in her office at the school. Two days later, school officials placed her on paid administrative leave. She resigned the following day, according to a statement from the school district.

The probable cause statement says that April 15 was not the first time Njoroge had sex with the student. He says the relationship began three months earlier.

The probable cause statement, written by Webb City Police Department Cpl. Josh Smith, is printed below:

On April 15, 2014, between the hours of 19:30 and 21:30 hours at 621 N. Madison, Webb City, Jasper County, Missouri, 64870 (Webb City High School), Carrie Njoroge, a Webb City High School choir teacher, had consensual sexual intercourse with an 18-year-old male student in her office. The student stated they participated in an ongoing relationship for approximately three months involving oral sex on multiple occasions and sexual intercourse on April 15, 2014.

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