Haylie Smart, a 29-year-old former Oklahoma teacher who has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a male student, turned herself in to police on Friday, August 24.
Smart, a former teacher at Oologah High School, was arrested on a complaint of second-degree rape.
According to the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office, a warrant for Smart’s arrest was issued on August 17.
via Tulsa World:
Smart allegedly began rubbing the student’s back and placing her head on his shoulder in October 2017, according to a probable cause affidavit. The two reportedly hugged in front of other students multiple times.
Sometime near the beginning of November, the two began engaging in sex, the documents state. The student turned 18 in December.
Smart and the student continued the relationship into the spring, including during the two-week statewide teacher walkout, according to the affidavit.
Max Tanner, the superintendent of Oologah-Talala Public Schools, said that Smart was removed from her position on May 29.
“The top priority of the Oologah-Talala (schools) is the health, safety and security of our students and staff. The (district) will not make any comment regarding Ms. Smart’s previous employment as personnel matters are confidential. Moreover, the (district) has no comment regarding any criminal matters regarding Ms. Smart,” Tanner said in a statement.
Former Oologah high school teacher Haylie Smart turned herself in yesterday after a warrant was issued for her arrest. Smart is accused of having a sexual relationship with a male student during the 2017-18 school year. Smart posted a $25,000 bond. pic.twitter.com/bOhgG8JPrV
— OSBI (@OSBI_OK) August 25, 2018
Smart is just the latest teacher to be charged for inappropriate conduct. Over the course of just a few months, educators across the country were arrested for entering into an inappropriate relationship with their students, Tennessee teacher Janet Smothers, LaToya Parker, Florida teacher Caroline Lawson, 26-year-old Allyson Moran and Katherine Ross Ridenhour were all arrested on similar charges. A woman named Kayla Sprinkles was arrested in North Carolina for similar sexual crimes.
The list goes on to include 22-year-old Oklahoma science teacher Hunter Day, 28-year-old teacher Megan Kotarski, 23-year-old history teacher Michelle Schiffer, 29-year-old Alyssia Marie Reddy, special education teacher Jordan Ondish and 28-year-old Samantha Fitzpatrick have all been allegedly carrying on inappropriate relationships with their students.
In addition, 31-year-old Nicole Marie Andrews, 32-year-old Jessica Langford, 29-year-old Andrea Baber, 27-year-old Robin Dunlap, 27-year-old Jennifer Olajire-Aro have also been charged with these charges.
34-year-old Miranda Nicole Pauley was charged with similar crimes, Nancy Leigh Ann Brann, a former Christian school teacher, was arrested for having sex with a student, Coine Audiat pleaded no contest to having sex with a minor in 2016 and 23-year-old Darci Lake was arrested for an inappropriate relationship. 27-year-old Brittany Zamora from Arizona was arrested on similar charges. Keri Hoffman, 35, was also arrested for an alleged relationship with a student. More recently, 29-year-old Tiffany Ranweiler-Oblander and 33-year-old Maren Oates were arrested on similar charges.