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Oklahoma pastor accuses school district of “covering up” teacher’s sex with son, 15

June 3, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Oklahoma pastor accuses school district of “covering up” teacher’s sex with son, 15

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HOLLIS, OKLAHOMA — A former middle school teacher who had illegal sexual contact with a student was allowed to resign in 2014 from the Hollis school district with the understanding she could keep her teaching credentials, the student’s father alleges in court filings.

The Oklahoma pastor has sued his son’s school district alleging they covered up a teacher’s sexual relations with his teen son last year until she resigned and was eventually arrested while with the teen inside a motel room some 650 miles away from home.

Jennifer Caswell, 29, pleaded guilty Monday to several counts of a sex with a minor, ending a tumultuous 18 months that have seen her become a convicted sex offender, lose her job as a middle school teacher in Hollis, get divorced and even appear on “Dr. Phil” to defend her relationship with the 15-year-old boy, according to The Oklahoman.

Now, she’s at the center of a federal lawsuit filed by the boy’s father, who claims the Hollis district, school board and superintendent never contacted the dad or police after two witnesses saw Caswell have sex with the boy inside her classroom.

The “cover-up” allowed Caswell to keep her teaching credentials, as long as she resigned from the district, according to the suit.

A year and a half ago, Caswell was embarking on a career as a middle school English teacher under her married name, Jennifer Sexton. She has since lost her job and state teaching credentials, gotten divorced, appeared on national TV and become a convicted sex offender.

In a federal lawsuit filed April 1, the student’s father accuses the school district of attempting a cover-up after at least two people witnessed Caswell engaged in sexual acts with the boy in her classroom. At the time, the incident was reported to an administrator but not to the father, police or the Department of Human Services, according to the lawsuit, which also names the Hollis Independent School District, Hollis Public School Board and the superintendent.

The father and son’s names are being withheld because the boy is a victim of sexual abuse.

The school district denies wrongdoing, attorney Andy Fugitt said.

“The district’s overall position is that they acted appropriately once they were aware of an issue,” Fugitt said. Superintendent Jennifer McQueen declined to comment.

After Caswell resigned April 7, 2014, authorities say she continued to have sex with the boy in her parked vehicle, her house and the boy’s father’s house. When the father found out Caswell had been visiting his home while he was away for work, he arranged for his son to visit the boy’s mother in Mississippi for the summer.

“The district’s overall position is that they acted appropriately once they were aware of an issue,” the school district’s attorney, Andy Fugitt, told the newspaper.

But Caswell, during an appearance on Dr. Phil last month, admitted she and the boy engaged in 15 minutes of sex inside her classroom while “standing up” and clothed after the boy walked in and kissed her.

“And then it just kinda went from there,” Caswell said on the daytime TV show, an appearance for which her attorney says she was paid.

Caswell said rumors followed her around and she resigned after being confronted by administrators. But the sex continued: at the boy’s house when the dad was away for work, in her car and at her house.

The child has become withdrawn and lost interest in school and other activities,according to the suit, which seeks $1 million in damages.

Caswell, who pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree rape, two counts of enticing a child and one count of forcible sodomy, will be sentenced Aug. 31, according to The Oklahoman. In the meantime, she appeared on Dr. Phil, where she admitted she could see herself marrying the boy once he was older if the relationship had continued. The mother of a 6-year-old boy told Dr. Phil that the teen showered her with compliments and told her what a good person she was.

“I’m not a monster and I’m not a predator,” she said on the show. “I made a stupid decision.”

 

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