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Sheriff: Teacher admitted to sexual contact with students

Sheriff: Teacher admitted to sexual contact with students

April 20th, 2018 by Staff Reports in Local News

A School of the Osage teacher has been charged with having sexual contact with students, according to a news release from the Miller County Sheriff's Office.

Mark Alan Edwards, 44, faces charges of sexual contact with a student and first-degree statutory sodomy — both felonies, according to the release.

The sheriff was notified of misconduct between a teacher and students Wednesday evening. A forensics interviewer interviewed the children and, assisted by the school, investigators collected evidence in the case, the release states.

During an interview, Edwards admitted to inappropriate contact with the students, according to the release. The sheriff's office has not released how many students were involved.

Edwards remains in the Miller County Jail with bond set at $300,000.

First-degree sodomy is a Class A felony. Sexual contact with a student is a Class C felony.

In Missouri, a person convicted of a Class A felony must serve a prison term of no fewer than 10 years and up to life in prison. A person convicted of a Class C felony faces three to 10 years in prison.