Morgan Moore was charged with rape after allegedly having a sexual relationship with a male student. The 24-year-old teacher’s aide was working at Maysville Public Schools in Garvin County, O.K. when the inappropriate relationship began. The student’s name was withheld from the public record to protect his privacy.
According to authorities, Moore had only started working at the high school in Maysville for a month when she confessed the sexual relationship to one of her colleagues. It wasn’t clear when Morgan Moore had an illegal sexual relationship or when she disclosed the information.
After being notified of the rape, the fellow teacher informed the high school principal of the incident, who then reported it to the police. Authorities conducted a lengthy interview process with Morgan Moore, the teacher to who she confessed, and the male student with whom she had a sexual relationship. Officers then arrested the Oklahoma teacher’s aide and charged her with first-degree rape.
“First-degree rape is what she was charged with,” Maysville Police Chief Paul Bush explained to reporters. “Formal charges were sent to the Chickasha Nation prosecutors office Friday around 3:30 p.m. So, it will be up to them to file charges or not file charges.”
Bush continued, explaining that “she confided to a teacher stating that she had sex with a student. That teacher then told the high school principal and the high school principal, in turn, called me.” He added that “it’s sad that we live in a day in age that we have to go through this, but I’m glad that the teacher did the right thing and reported it. I’m just glad [Morgan Moore is] out of the school.”
According to the police chief, it’s rare that the suspect will come clean and be forthcoming in a statutory rape case. He said that “normally it is the victim that comes forth in incidents like this but this time the student didn’t come forward.”
Police records showed that Maysville has had three to four child sex crimes in the last seven months. Bush confirmed the figure, claiming that “it’s sad, it’s nothing new but we take all complaints seriously and if someone comes forth, we will investigate and try to prosecute to the fullest of our ability.”
The @DaltonReport Twitter account reported on social media that this is the “105th pedophile educator documented since [April 12. 2021].”
The Garvin County News Star reported that Morgan Moore was originally hired as a special education paraprofessional in August. It was unclear if the suspect had worked at any other school district but it was confirmed that this was her first year working in the county’s school system.
After Moore was hired, she posted a celebratory statement on her private Facebook page. “I’m super excited I got this opportunity,” she admitted to her Facebook friends. It wasn’t clear as of Tuesday morning if Moore had posted bail.
It was reported that Moore is married with two sons. Court records did not indicate whether she had entered a plea deal. It wasn’t immediately clear if Moore had legal representation. In Oklahoma, first-degree rape carries a minimum sentence of five years in prison and can be punishable with life in prison without parole.
In a statement to parents, the Maysville School District released a statement on Sept. 27. “The Maysville School District takes the safety of its students very seriously. Because of this, the District was shocked and disappointed when it heard the allegations against one of its employees.”
The statement claimed that “the District immediately contacted law enforcement regarding these allegations and continues to cooperate with law enforcement on this matter. This individual is no longer employed by the District. The District will not comment further since this is a confidential personnel matter.”