Two felony charges of sexual contact with a student was filed in Jasper County Circuit Court Friday against a Joplin woman who is described in the probable cause statement as a teacher and behavioral therapist at the Bill and Virginia Leffen Autism Center in Joplin.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of Victoria J. S. West, 28, Joplin, with bond set at $50,000 cash only.
As conditions of that bond, West will be required to wear an ankle monitor and have no contact with anyone under the age of 18.
Court records do not indicate West is in custody.
The allegation against West is detailed in the probable cause statement:
On November 20, 2019 and November 29, 2019, Victoria J. S. West had sexual contact with her student at 500 S. Schifferdecker Avenue (Schifferdecker Park), Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri.
On the approximate date of November 10, 2019, Victoria West, a teacher the Bill and Virginia Leffen Autism Center provided her personal phone number to a (redacted) student, a student she was behavioral therapist for.
The student and West began communicating via phone call and text on November 12, 2019 and eventually began meeting at Schifferdecker Park starting on the date of November 15, 2019.
On November 20, 2019 and November 29, 2019, West provided the student with oral sex at Schifferdecker Park.
The Joplin Police Department issued the following news release Saturday night:
On December 4th, 2019 a report was received of a staff member of the Leffen Center for Autism, located at 2808 S. Picher Ave having sexual contact with a student.
The Joplin Police Department opened an investigation at this time.
The investigation found that Victoria J.S. West, 28 years old of Joplin, MO had sexual contact with a 17-year-old male student on multiple occasions at Schifferdecker Park. West was employed as a behavioral therapist at the time of the incidents. West has been charged with Sexual Contact with a Student and is being held at the Joplin City Jail.