Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Former North Middle School teacher bound over for trial on statutory rape charge

Former North Middle School reading teacher Amanda Schweitzer waived her preliminary hearing today in Jasper County Associate Circuit Court and was bound over for trial on a felony statutory rape charge.

Judge John Nicholas left Schweitzer's bond at $40,000 surety plus $10,000 cash only.

Schweitzeri's arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m. August 14.

Schweitzer, 38, allegedly had sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old boy at her home on March 29.

Schweitzer is also charged with three felony charges, kidnapping, statutory rape, and statutory sodomy in Newton County for allegedly taking the same 13-year-old boy to the Water's Edge Camp Ground and having sex with him.

Schweitzer, who was placed on administrative leave by the Joplin R-8 School District, has since resigned.

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