A female teacher who allegedly had sex with a student has been charged with second-degree rape and soliciting sex with a minor by use of technology, according to Tulsa World.
Hunter Day, 22, was arrested Nov. 15 in Yukon, Oklahoma, after the underage student's parents discovered explicit text messages and photographs of Day on his phone.
"This is a classic case of a serious breach of public trust," Canadian County Sheriff Chris West told KWTV. "School teachers are entrusted to protect and educate our children, not to engage in an unlawful sexual relationship with them."
Day was a science teacher who had been given emergency certification and was in her first year. She had originally planned to attend medical school before opting to become a teacher. Her husband is a football coach at the school where she taught.
The Oklahoma State Department of Education indicated its board would discuss the issue of Day's certification at an executive session Dec. 19.
Day and the boy allegedly planned a meeting at Day's house on the day of her arrest.
When officers arrived, they sent a message from the boy's phone saying, "I'm here."
"The [door is] unlocked as usual," answered Day.
Officers entered the home and found Day sitting on the living room floor with the lights turned off and candles lit. When challenged, she admitted to sending nude pictures to the boy and to having received pictures of his genitals.
"I'm no longer surprised by the people who commit these crimes, because predators come from all walks of life," said West.
In October, KWTV produced a profile on Day to explore the issue of emergency certified teachers. Around 1,500 are active in the state.
"I'm obviously nervous, I've never taught before," Day told KWTV before starting. "I know that I'm ready, prepared content wise."
She spoke again to KWTV after one month on the job.
"They learned pretty fast that I don't put up with a lot," she added. "My biggest fear now which is way different than it was then is that the ones I know I can get to and I can get them to get it, just won't. I'm afraid they'll either drop out or just decide that they just don't want to anymore and I don't want that because I think they all have potential."
Yukon Schools Superintendent Jason Simeroth refused to comment on Day's status until investigations are concluded.