An Ohio elementary teacher has been suspended without pay after numerous charges of rape and sexual battery were filed against her by the Ohio Attorney General’s office, school officials said.
Wapakoneta Schools Superintendent Keith Horner told LimaOhio.com that Cridersville Elementary School teacher Lori Anderson, 50, must stay on suspension until the outcome of her case. She has been a teacher there since 1988, he said.
Anderson pleaded not guilty last Monday to 23 felony charges, including sexual battery, rape and gross sexual imposition. She is also charged with two counts of obstructing justice.
The teacher was indicted alongside her ex-husband, 53-year-old Charles Wycuff, who faces 54 similar charges, including pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor, rape and sexual battery.
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The couple’s alleged victim was Anderson’s son, who is now 29 or 30 and lives out of state.
The man reportedly made the allegations against his mother and Wycuff in 2011. The complaint launched a multi-year investigation into the matter, led by the attorney general’s office.
Anderson’s charges stem from a single alleged incident that is said to have occurred June, 11 1999, when the man was in his early teens. Charges against Wycuff date back to 1997.
Wycuff and Anderson divorced in 2003, according to the New York Daily News.
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Anderson’s attorney, Richard Kerger, told The Daily Beast his client is preparing for her trial.
“This investigation has gone on for years,” he said. “She’s relieved to tell her side of it.”
Kerger described Wycuff as “abusive, dominant, engaged in misconduct,” and said he was “pretty much in charge of orchestrating it.”
Wycuff’s attorney denied any of that in a statement, released last week, that said his client “maintains he is innocent of all charges pending against him.”
Kerger stressed that his client has been teaching children for 29 years “without a single complaint.”
“She likes teaching kids, young kids,” he said.
Anderson, who posted bond, is out of jail pending the trial. Wycuff is still behind bars, being held on $500,000 bond.
Photo Source: Police photo via New York Daily News