A Waynoka Public Schools teacher has been suspended from her job after being charged with felony second-degree rape amid allegations of having sex with an 18-year-old student.
Daresa Deann Poe, 32, was suspended with pay after the school district was notified by the District 26 district attorney’s office of the allegations Wednesday, according to Superintendent Loren Tackett.
“We’ve done our own investigation, and we’ll take appropriate action as those come about, but, right now, she’s not in school, she’s suspended,” he said.
Tackett said Poe teaches classes for seventh grade and high school students this semester. Her classes include marriage and child care and family and consumer sciences.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Woods County District Court, a student told Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Chris Ray he had engaged in sexual activity with Poe for a couple of weeks.
Poe admitted, in both an interview and a handwritten note, to multiple incidents of having sexual intercourse with the student.
Poe told investigators the first encounter Dec. 29, 2014, included kissing and fondling on a dirt road near a county barn, according to the affidavit.
The student reportedly said the two had engaged in sexual intercourse five or six times since the beginning of January — with the most recent encounter occurring around 8 p.m. Tuesday near a “walking trail.” The incidents allegedly occurred at various locations in Waynoka and Woods County, including in the teacher’s lounge after hours at the school and at Poe’s home.
While the student is over the age of 18, Oklahoma statute allows for the prosecution of public or private school employees age 18 or older who engage in sexual intercourse with students between the ages of 16 and 20, according to District 26 District Attorney Chris Boring.
According to online court records, Poe bonded out of jail Wednesday on a $10,000 appearance bond, with a condition she have no contact with the alleged victim.
Her next court appearance has been set for 10 a.m. Feb. 10.