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Former Teacher Allegedly Gave Teen Marijuana and Had Sex With Him. Then, She Made Him Drive Her Car Home Because She Was Too Drunk, Police Said.

Former Teacher Accused of Raping Teen After Giving Him Marijuana
Source: Saint Anthony Police Department; Mega

Former teacher charged with rape after allegedly giving teen marijuana and then having sex with him, police said.

Nov. 16 2023, Published 4:02 p.m. ET

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A former high school teacher in Idaho has been arrested after she allegedly had sex with a teenage boy and provided him with marijuana, according to authorities.

On Nov. 6, officers pulled over a vehicle because the tail lights were out, the East Idaho News reported.

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When police approached the vehicle, they reportedly found 36-year-old Jessica Lawson in the passenger seat and a 16- or 17-year-old male in the driver seat, officials said.

The teen driver reportedly told police that Lawson asked him to drive because she was too drunk to drive.

When talking with police, the teen also reportedly said Lawson gave him marijuana and he was under the influence of that substance, but he had no alcohol.

Authorities said Lawson allegedly picked up the teen at his house where he lives with his parents around 11 p.m. They then returned to her home where she drank, he smoked marijuana and they had sex.

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Lawson allegedly called the minor’s parents that night and admitted to taking the teen back to her house and giving him alcohol, the East Idaho News reported. Lawson reportedly did not admit to anything else, including having sexual contact with the minor.

Lawson was arrested and charged with two counts of felony rape of a minor, authorities said.

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She was booked into the Madison County Jail and her bond was set at $50,000. She was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Lawson is a former high school teacher in the Fremont County School District from 2021 to the spring of 2023, officials said.


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