An English teacher from Oklahoma has left her position after allegedly having inappropriate relations with a 16-year-old student. Both the teacher and the student filed for a marriage license while under investigation by local police.
On Dec. 14, Davis Public Schools announced that 34-year-old Cassandra White was no longer a faculty member of Davis High School, Oklahoma.
"The district is currently cooperating with law enforcement in the investigation of these allegations," the school district said in a statement.
The district added that it would not comment on the allegations against White "because of the ongoing criminal investigation and the confidentiality rights of the parties involved."
The Davis Public Schools policy states: "Any sexual affiliation between teachers and students under the age of 18 may constitute a crime under state or federal law."
Davis Police Chief Dan Cooper disclosed that his department had been investigating White for her alleged relations with a student.
"We started hearing rumors around the first of December of a possible inappropriate relationship between a teacher and student," Cooper told KFOR.
Under state law, Oklahoma public teachers who have sexual relations with students aged between 16-20 within their school system can be tried for rape.
On Dec. 13, White and the student filed for a marriage license in Cleveland County, which required parental consent. The student's father, William Mann, said that he signed off on the license but was disturbed by his son's decision.
"I'm sick," Mann told KOTV. "I'm sick about it. I didn't want it to happen."
The father explained that he agreed to the union because he respected his child's autonomy and did not want White, a single mother of three children, to lose custody in the event of an arrest for alleged rape.
"I weighed out the ups and downs of it and I thought, 'Who am I?'" Mann said. "So, he asked me to do something. I did it."
Mann added that his son told him that he did not have sexual relations with his teacher.
White taught English and previously worked as an assistant director of sports clubs at Texas State University. Her social media page indicates that she is a widow, according to Heavy.
No arrest has been made in the case. Cooper said that his department was probing whether to file second-degree rape charges against the former teacher.
"We are a small community here," Cooper said. "You read about it in the newspaper but to actually have it happen here in your community, it's kind of a shocker."