Georgia middle school teacher arrested for child molestation

January 17, 2020 GMT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia middle school teacher faces charges of child molestation.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that Rumah Byrapaka, 24, is accused of texting nude photos and explicit messages to a 13-year-old boy. Byrapaka also allegedly kissed and indecently touched the victim at Hephzibah Middle School, where she worked, The Augusta Chronicle reported.

The Richmond County School system said the student’s mother reported the alleged relationship between her son and Byrapaka and the sheriff’s office and Board of Education Police began an investigation Wednesday. Byrapaka was arrested Thursday and charged with child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes. It was unknown if she has an attorney who could speak on her behalf.

She has been placed on paid administrative leave, pending a resolution of the charges, according to the school system.