Barry County educator faces charges for relations with student in school

WASHBURN, Mo. -- A teacher for the Southwest School in Washburn is accused of having sex with a student. Chelsie Leroy, 24, faces two counts each of statutory rape and sexual contact with a student.

Leroy, who is a drama instructor and substitute teacher, is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old boy twice last fall, inside Southwest High School in Washburn.

Just two weeks into the school year, the teenager says Leroy first texted him, which led to the sexual encounters that he says happened in the Little Theater drama room.

The Southwest School District's Central Office tells KY3 this is a personnel matter, and that they did not have a statement. District leaders also would not confirm Chelsie Leroy's employment status.

Leroy has not yet been arrested yet. The Barry County Sheriff's Office says deputies hope she turns herself in soon.

The detective investigating the case says Leroy does not have a prior criminal history.

People around the community were surprised to hear what had happened.

"I don't think really think it's a school problem, I just think that these individuals aren't taking their jobs seriously and their education seriously, and they're crossing boundaries that they shouldn't," said Cassville substitute teacher and mom of 4, Veronica Gemmeke.


A Barry County educator faces charges for inappropriate relations with a student in the school.

Prosecutors filed a statutory rape and a sexual contact with a student by a teacher charges against Chelsie Leroy. She is a part-time drama teacher and substitute teacher in the Southwest R-5 School District in Washburn, Mo.

Investigators say the victim told deputies he had sex on two occasions with Leroy inside the school. They happened in the "Little Theatre" room of the school in September of 2018.

Leroy does not have a criminal past. We do not know if she remains hired by the district.