Nixa High School teacher faces several sex crime accusations involving a student

Published: Jan. 23, 2023 at 3:34 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 23, 2023 at 4:41 PM CST
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NIXA, Mo. (KY3) - 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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