Shawnetta Reece, a middle school gym teacher from Georgia, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy.
Reece, of Blairsville, Georgia, is one of a string of female teachers in the U.S. to be accused of having sexual contact with an underage boy. The teacher is now 40-years-old. On September 21, Reece was “arrested for the second time for engaging in sexual contact with a student,” reported WXIA.
According to Fox News, she is no longer employed as a teacher.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Reece Is Accused of Having Sexual Contact With an 8th Grader
Although Reece was accused in 2017 of the sexual contact, it allegedly dates back to 2013.
“During the investigation, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Union County Sheriff’s Office determined that the former teacher, Shawnetta Reece, now-40, was sexually involved with an 8th-grade student in 2013,” reported 11Alive.
Reece’s Twitter page is now deleted. She does have a Pinterest page in which she posted recipes about healthy eating, and a YouTube channel with a few video shares about things like track-and-field. A cache of her Twitter page shows she posted recently about students doing well in track-and-field events, as well as about student athletes going to state.
In the new allegation, Reece is accused of having “sex with an 18-year-old student in 2015. The student was a high school senior at the time,” reported WXIA.
2. Georgia Authorities Only Recently Received Information About the Accusations Although They Are Several Years Old
In a press release, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation wrote that authorities had only learned about the accusations recently.
“The Union County Sheriff’s Office recently received information that a Union County teacher was sexually involved with a student in 2013. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested to assist the Union County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation,” a press release issued by the bureau reads.
“During the course of the investigation, the GBI was able to determine that former middle school physical education teacher Shawnetta D. Reece, now 40 of Blairsville, was sexually involved with a 15 year old student in 2013. The student was moving from the 8th grade into the 9th grade during this time.”
3. Reece Is Facing Charges of Child Molestation & Sexual Assault
Reece is now dealing with serious charges.
“As a result of the investigation, Reece has been arrested for child molestation and sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority,” the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in the press release.
Authorities have not released many additional details about the alleged offenses.
4. Reece No Longer Works as a Phy-Ed Teacher at the Middle School
Reece was employed as a physical education teacher at Union Middle School, according to AJC.com. She is now described by the newspaper as a “former” teacher at the school.
The teacher’s page on the school’s website staff directory has now been deleted. A cache of the page contains a link to a website on the PE program, including a syllabus that bears Reece’s name. It read, in part, “Welcome to physical education at Union County Middle School. Your enthusiastic participation in this program will help insure a rewarding and worthwhile experience. Union County Middle School believes that physical education is an essential part of your child’s education. Physical fitness promotes improved learning in the classroom, development of social skills, and habits that will lead to an enriched and healthy adulthood. Our philosophy emphasizes fitness, enjoyment of physical activity, and acquisition of basic sports skills.”
5. Multiple Female Teachers Have Been Accused of Sexual Misconduct With Students
Many other female teachers have been accused recently of having sexual relationships with students.
Laura Lynn Cross, 36, a former Ohio high school teacher “was impregnated by a teenage boy during a three-year sexual affair — despite the teen’s father raising concerns about the relationship to school officials,” according to Fox News.
Nataly Lopez, a 27-year-old former substitute teacher at a middle school in New Jersey, was accused of having sexual contact with a student.
Lindsey Jarvis, a 27-year-old middle school teacher’s aide, was accused of the rape and sodomy of a student who was under the age of 16. Jarvis was arrested in Fayette County, Kentucky, on June 16.
Then there’s Laura Ramos. She is a 31-year-old Connecticut high school teacher who is accused of having sex with a special education student.