A New Jersey teacher has been accused of adopting her former middle school student, a 15-year-old boy, and sexually assaulting him repeatedly.
Rayna Culver, 43, and the boy had a “very close” relationship when she was his teacher, according to the Trentonian. She then housed him after he was kicked out of his family’s home in December 2015, according to South Jersey Local News. Culver became his legal guardian a few months later.
“(The victim) believed that the purpose of her taking him in was to eventually make sex a part of their relationship,” court documents allege.
The victim said Culver started to touch him inappropriately and undress him back in June 2016. This led to sexual relations. Culver is reportedly married.
“After that first incident, they would engage in sex often, and it was to the point where he felt that if he told her to stop she would get mad and kick him out of the house,” the complaint said. “(The victim) told Culver via text message that he didn’t want to have sex anymore, and she made it clear that she did not want it to stop.”
The two would allegedly engage in sex almost every day.
Culver was arrested in May and charged with second-degree sexual assault and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
The teacher’s attorney said the accusations are made up, according to the Trentonian.
[Burlington County Prosecutor's Office]