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Spring break has turned into a nightmare for one Jackson mother. A teacher at Siwell Middle school was arrested last night on statutory rape charges by Rankin county deputies. The 60 year old teacher is accused of having sex with the woman's 14-year-old daughter, who is a student at the school.
Even more disturbing, the mother said this was not the teacher's first sexual liaison with her daughter. Sheriff Bryan Bailey told us he is sharing information with the Jackson Police Department.
"I don't want to interfere with anybody else's investigation, but yes we are communicating with them and yes there is the possibility there are other charges pending against him in other jurisdictions," said Sheriff Bailey.
The young students' mother, who we will not identify, said Willie Morehead met her daughter last year at Siwell and befriended her. She claims he enticed her daughter into a sexual relationship when she was 13 years old.
The teacher faces 1 count of statutory rape charges in Rankin county. Rankin investigators made the arrest Thursday night at his Jackson home.
"He is a teacher and she was one of his students. So yes if you are like me it just makes me sick to my stomach," added Sheriff Bailey.
Rankin investigators say the teen was allegedly picked up by Morehead at her Jackson home Monday night while the Mother was sleeping. The teacher is accused of taking her to a public park in Rankin county. This is where the alleged sexual encounter occurred.
Morehead's black BMW was also seized by Rankin county authorities.
"We seized his car got a search warrant for his car," said the Sheriff. "The investigation is still ongoing. We made it to the point we need to arrest this guy. We feel like he's a danger to the public."
No word back from JPS administrators regarding our inquiries about the teachers employment status.
Meanwhile, the mother of the teenager has filed a federal lawsuit against Morehead and the Jackson Public School District. You can read the complaint here.
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