Charges dropped against 26-year-old ex-teacher after she married student she allegedly had sex with

Charges dropped against ex-teacher, 26, after she married student she was accused of having sex with

  • Former Sarcoxie High School teacher Baylee A. Turner, 26, was accused in February 2019 of having sexual contact with one of her male students.
  • Turner, then 23, was a freshman English teacher in high school when a case arose that she allegedly had sex with a student in January 2019.
  • Prosecutors said that because the former student now has marital or marital privilege and can no longer be compelled to testify against his wife
  • Turner gave up his state teaching license, which was one of prosecutors’ main goals










Prosecutors dropped charges against a Missouri teacher after she married the student she was accused of having sex with.

In February 2019, former Sarcoxie High School teacher Baylee A. Turner, 26, was accused of having sexual contact with one of her male students following a Department of Education investigation. Jasper County sheriff, reported the Joplin Globe.

Turner, then 23, was a freshman English teacher in high school when she was accused of having sex with a student in January 2019, which led to her resignation.

According to court documents, Turner and the student admitted to having sex at Turner’s home in Sarcoxie, about 260 miles southwest of St. Louis.

Former Sarcoxie High School teacher Baylee A. Turner, 26 (pictured), was accused in February 2019 of having sexual contact with one of her male students.

Turner, then 23, was a first year English teacher at Sarcoxie High School (pictured) when a case arose that she allegedly had sex with a student in January 2019

Turner, then 23, was a first year English teacher at Sarcoxie High School (pictured) when a case arose that she allegedly had sex with a student in January 2019

Turner taught English at Sarcoxie Middle School for two years before being assigned to teach sophomores and seniors in 2019.

Assistant District Attorney Nate Dally told the Globe the charge against her was dismissed after she married the student, whose identity has not been released.

Dally said that because the former student now has marital or marital privilege, he can no longer be compelled to testify against his wife, which weakens the state’s case in court.

It is unclear when the two got married, a search of court documents did not provide the student’s name or age.

Turner faced up to four years in prison.

Prosecutors dropped charges against Turner after she married his former student

Turner taught English at Sarcoxie College for two years before being assigned to teach sophomores and seniors in 2019

Turner gave up his state teaching license, which was one of prosecutors’ main goals

Dally added that Turner gave up his state teaching license, which was one of prosecutors’ main goals.

Missouri state law prohibits sexual contact between teachers and students, regardless of age.

The Globe reported that Turner was one of six young educators in the state charged with having sex with students in recent years.

The case echoes the infamous relationship between Washington State teacher Mary Kay Letourneau and sixth grader Vili Fualaau.

In 1997, Letourneau pleaded guilty to raping Vili when he was 12 and spent seven years behind bars.

The couple ended up getting married in 2005 and had two children together before Fualaau filed for separation in 2017.

Letourneau died of colon cancer in 2020 at the age of 58.

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