A former middle school teacher was arrested for the second time for having sex with a student.
As the New York Post reports, 40-year-old Shawnetta D. Reece of Georgia was taken into custody Thursday for engaging in sexual conduct with a high school senior in 2015. The student was 18 at the time of the alleged incident.
Reece is a former gym teacher from Union County Middle School in Blairsville, Georgia. The interactions came to light when authorities were investigating the teacher on another instance of sexual misconduct; in 2013, she was alleged to have had a relationship with a 15-year-old student.
She was was arrested (see mugshot below) August 14 for the relationship with the younger student, and she has been charged with child molestation and sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority. On Thursday, she was booked once more on charges of sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority in the incident involving the older victim.
The Independent adds that in the case of the 18-year-old, Reece would be culpable even though the student isn't a minor. The alleged act would be illegal because the student was in her care. “The student was a high school senior at the time of the incident,” the press release about the arrest shared.
“Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be provided to the Enotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney for prosecution,” shared the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Convictions for similar offences in the state of Georgia have yielded sentences of 25 years in prison without parole. Investigators have not publicly stated whether Reece was given bail or held in custody on remand.
[Photo: Facebook, Union County Jail]