Reed Messer Identified As Former Delaware Teacher Charged With Child Sexual Abuse
Former Delaware middle school teacher, Reed Messer, who departed from the school nine years ago, has been apprehended on multiple charges of rape involving a student.
Police reported that Reed Messer, aged 42, was taken into custody at her residence in Greenville, South Carolina, and was transported to Delaware on Monday, May 8th.
In December 2022, the Delaware State Police were notified by the Division of Family Services of an accusation against a former educator at Stanton Middle School in Wilmington.
The accusation alleges that the ex-educator engaged in a sexual encounter with a student approximately ten years ago. As reported by CBS News, the sexual relationship, which lasted for almost two months, commenced in October of 2014.
On April 26, Messer was taken into custody by South Carolina officials following the issuance of an arrest warrant.
A former teacher has been accused of multiple charges, including ten counts of fourth-degree rape, ten instances of third-degree rape, and two acts of sexual abuse of a minor by a person in a position of trust. Currently, Messer is being held at Delaware’s women’s jail on a bail of $310,000.
A school teacher has been charged with the rape of a student who was in her mid-30s at the time of the alleged incident.
Officials have announced that limited information will be released regarding a sensitive case out of consideration for the victim. As per officials, the individual accused of abuse has been unemployed at the Red Clay Consolidated School District, which includes Stanton Middle School, since November 2014.
Messer has reportedly enrolled in Legacy Early College in Greenville, South Carolina, following their departure from Delaware.
As per the state’s Department of Education website, it has been reported that Messer obtained her first teaching certification in South Carolina in July 2015. The certification was for special education, English, middle-level language arts, and elementary and early childhood education.
According to a report by authorities, Ms. Messer has been accused of serious misconduct that may pose a threat to the health, safety, and welfare of students under her instruction. As a result, emergency action is deemed necessary.
Officials have reported that the investigation is currently ongoing. They are urging anyone who may have information regarding the crime to contact Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-847-3333 or to send tips to Delaware State officials.
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