HOLLIS — Oklahoma investigators already were looking into allegations that teacher Jennifer Sexton was having sex with one of her students when she resigned from Hollis Middle School in April.
On June 18 — 650 miles away in Olive Branch, Miss. — the 28-year-old English teacher was arrested on suspicion of statutory rape and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after police found her and the student, a 15-year-old boy, in a Best Western hotel room. The boy was on summer break visiting his mother when he hopped the fence of a church parking lot, where Sexton waited in her sport utility vehicle.
Sexton’s Mississippi arrest led Oklahoma prosecutors to re-evaluate the earlier allegations. On Thursday, Sexton was charged in Harmon County District Court with three counts of second-degree rape, two counts of enticing a child, and one count of forcible sodomy. On Friday morning, she turned herself in at the Harmon County jail and was released later in the day after posting $100,000 bail.
Before the Mississippi arrest, the only evidence Harmon County Assistant District Attorney Eric Yarborough said he had against Sexton was people’s suspicions.