Thursday, August 03, 2017

Former North Middle School teacher free after posting $10,000 cash bond, $40,000 surety bond

After spending more than three months behind bar, former North Middle School reading teacher Amanda Schweitzer is free.

Jasper County Circuit Court online records indicate, Schweitzer, 37, Joplin, who is charged with felony statutory rape for allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old student, has posted a $10,000 cash bond and a $40,000 surety bond.

Schweitzer is scheduled to be arraigned 9 a.m. August 14 before Judge Dean Dankelson.

The charge against Schweitzer was spelled out in the probable cause statement:

On 3/29/2017 at 2518 W. 29th Street, Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri 64804, Amanda Schweitzer committed the crime of statutory rape in the first degree.

Schweitzer drove the victim, C. A. to her residence at 2518 W. 29th Street. Schweitzer led C. A. into a bedroom inside the residence and remover her and C. A.'s clothing. Schweitzer and C. A. then had sexual intercourse in the bedroom.

Schweitzer was 37 years old and C. A. was 13 years old at the time of the sexual intercourse.

Joplin Police were investigating allegations that Schweitzer sent nude photos of herself to three students, ages 14, 14, and 13 when they came across evidence that indicated she had sex with the 13-year-old.

The Joplin R-8 School District placed her on immediate administrative leave for the remainder of the school year. Schweitzer had already submitted her resignation.

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