MILLER COUNTY, Missouri- The Miller County Sheriff’s Office announced that a School of the Osage teacher has been charged with sex crimes following an investigation with the cooperation of the school. The subject has been identified as Mark Alan Edwards.
The agency says that on April 18th they were notified about allegations of misconduct between a teacher and a student. The children involved were interviewed with the help of the school, the office said in a press release. They said evidence was collected in connection to the case through the interviews.
A probable cause statement states a student alleged Edwards touched her i on two separate occasions in the month of April.
A school bus video recording purportedly shows Edwards kissing the student.
Edwards allegedly admitted to inappropriate contact with students from the School of the Osage when questioned by the Miller County Sheriff’s Office. He said he had touched the student under her clothing.
Superintendent Dr. Brent Depee released the following statement to local media:
“We received a report of suspicious behavior involving an employee. A hotline report was made to Missouri Children’s Division, the employee, Mark Edwards, was questioned and immediately placed on administrative leave and local law enforcement was notified. As a result of our administrative investigation in collaboration with local law enforcement, Mr. Edwards has been charged with Statutory Sodomy in the First Degree. As always, the safety and security of all students is paramount to the district. Through extensive background checks beyond state requirements and consistent, ongoing staff training we are focused on keeping our kids safe and secure. When an employee breaks our trust, we do not hesitate to respond swiftly, effectively, and to the full extent of the law. In addition, we are thankful for our partnership with local law enforcement and child advocacy agencies. Please contact your school administrator if you have any information that may assist us in this, or any other, ongoing investigation.”
“Edwards was initially employed on August 07, 2008. Termination procedures are currently in process.”
Mark Alan Edwards is being charged with Statutory Sodomy in the 1st Degree and second charge of Sexual Contact with a Student and his bond is set at $300,000.00