Lena Stewart was a teacher at Nixa High School in Nixa, Missouri but is now facing prison time for a relationship with a sixteen year old student. According to police reports Lena Stewart carried on a relationship with the sixteen year old male student until the teen’s parents made a complaint that he was spending too much time with Lena. After a police investigation it was learned that Lena Stewart was communicating with the student through a hidden Instagram account.
Lena Stewart was suspended by the school and arrested by police and charged with six felonies: sexual contact with a male student (three counts), statutory sodomy (two counts) and statutory rape (one count). She was also charged with misdemeanour sexual misconduct. Stewart was arrested Jan. 22 and released Jan. 23 on $25,000 bond
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A Nixa High School teacher faces several sex crime charges.
Prosecutors charged Lena Stewart, 26, with two counts of second-degree statutory sodomy, one count of statutory rape, three counts of sexual contact with a student, and one count of sexual misconduct.
Prosecutors say the incidents date back to October 2022 involving the student. Investigators say the student claimed he felt pressured to be a part of the relationship. Investigators say the student claimed Stewart was lenient in class, not having to do much work to get an ‘A.’
The Nixa School District placed Stewart on administrative leave in December. The school district released this statement to KY3 regarding the charges.
“We learned today that charges have been filed against Lena Stewart, a teacher at Nixa High School.
We take any allegation of inappropriate conduct extremely seriously, so when an allegation was made in December, the district followed policy and procedure and then placed Lena Stewart on administrative leave and will continue to follow board policy and procedure when addressing this situation.
The district will be working with the appropriate authorities as they conduct their investigation and will cooperate fully with anything they need.”
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A high school teacher was charged with multiple sex crimes after police in Missouri say she had a sexual relationship with one of her students. The Nixa High School teacher, identified as Lena Stewart, was placed on administrative leave in December when school officials learned of the allegations, the school district said in a letter to parents. Stewart was charged Monday, Jan. 23, with statutory rape, sodomy, sexual contact with a student and sexual misconduct, court records show.
Nixa Public Schools said it “will continue to follow board policy and procedure” as the investigation continues. “The district will be working with the appropriate authorities as they conduct their investigation and will cooperate fully with anything they need,” the letter to parents said.
Court records show the alleged offenses began in October. Stewart taught agricultural science and was an FFA leader at the school, where she has been employed since 2021, according to the Springfield News-Leader. The victim was a 16-year-old student, who told authorities he felt pressured into the relationship because he was getting an ”A” in Stewart’s class, according to KOLR and KY3, citing officials. “The pair would meet up at a friend’s house and Stewart would drive them to a secluded place for intercourse,” according to a probable cause statement obtained by KOLR.