Female Teacher Pleads Guilty to Rape of Middle School Student
A 27-year-old teacher pled guilty today to raping her 14-year-old student this past spring. Melissa Weber was a social studies teacher at M.S. 8, a middle school in Jamaica, Queens. According to the Queens D.A., the two had sexual intercourse in a second-floor classroom seven separate occasions between April and May. The D.A.'s office says that the two had intercourse between 3 and 6 p.m., which was during after-school hours, when other students remain on campus for activities.
The situation came to light when the boy's mother, who is a member of the PTA, was told that the teacher was engaging in an inappropriate relationship with her son. She checked her son's cell phone and found hundreds of text messages between Weber and the boy, including one in which Weber told him to "erase your phone.'"
Weber pled guilty to statutory rape, or rape in the second degree. She will have to register as sex offender and lose her teaching license.
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