Former teacher Megan Baumann pleads guilty to statutory rape and sexual battery with Clinton High School students
Megan Baumann, Clinton High social studies teacher
Megan Baumann with defense attorney Michael Farley
A former Clinton High School teacher admitted in court Monday to having sexual contact with students.
Monday afternoon, Megan Baumann entered a guilty pleas to four charges: Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure, Sexual Battery by and Authority Figure, and two counts of Displaying Sexually Explicit Material to Minors.
Baumann admitted to having sexual contact with three Clinton High School students, all older than 13 but younger than 18.
She agreed with District Attorney General Dave Clark's description of the facts of the case. He said she fondled one outside his clothes, she sent cell phone pics of her nude chest and pubic region to another, and she had sex with a third and sent him nude cell phone pictures.
All the incidents happened in December 2009 and January 2010.
She was sentenced to three years in prison, followed by three years of probation. She must report as a sex offender for the rest of her life and surrender her teaching certificate.
In a written statement, DAG Clark agreed the sentence is just. "It is my hope that as a result of this case the message goes out loud and clear that adults having sexual contact with children will be aggressively prosecuted," he said.
Baumann will report to jail on January 10, 2011.
Anderson County Schools fired her in February, after an investigation by school officials.
An Anderson County teacher fired earlier this year after accusations of improper conduct with male students, is dropping her appeal against the school system.
Megan Baumann was a teacher at Clinton High School.
She was fired in February, after an investigation by school officials.
Baumann initially planned to appeal her dismissal, but according to the Anderson County School System. Baumann's attorney informed them she won't be appealing after all.
A Clinton teacher accused of improper conduct with a student has requested a hearing.
Social studies teacher Megan Baumann, 27, was suspended indefinitely on Feb. 4 after two students expressed concerns about an alleged relationship between Baumann and another student.
On Feb. 16, Director of Anderson County Schools Larry Foster notified Baumann of his intentions to fire her. However, he gave her 30 days to notify the school system if she intended to request a hearing.
The Anderson County Board of Education will appoint an impartial hearing officer on Thursday.