WOODS COUNTY– Shock and disgust in Waynoka, after a teacher admits to having sex with a student multiple times, including in the school building itself.
“I don’t know what to think,” said Kerry Mouser, whose grandkids attend the school.
Officials say it was an anonymous tip that led to 32-year-old Daresa Poe admitting she had been sexually involved with a student.
“I was just, kind of creeped out,” said William Starks, a freshman student of Poe’s. “Because she was my teacher.”
According to a Woods County affidavit, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation questioned Poe and the student on Tuesday, only hours after the two had sex in the student’s pickup.
The two allegedly had been meeting up since December, both admitting to having sex in Daresa’s home, in the student’s vehicle, and several times in the Waynoka School teacher’s lounge.
Waynoka School officials were unable to comment on the matter, but did confirm that Poe’s been suspended with pay. Poe was a teacher at the school for six years.
“She was my grandson’s sex education teacher,” said Mouser. “It’s a total shock, it really is.”
Officials tell KFOR the student involved is 18-years-old. Under Oklahoma law, sexual behavior between a student and teacher is illegal until the student is 21.
The affidavit includes a written confession by Poe:
“I am Daresa Poe, a wife, mother and teacher. I have made a horrible mistake. I have let my judgment falter and I am embarrassed and mortified for the decisions I have made in the last two weeks. I have had sexual intercourse with a student. I am so very sorry for the [decisions] I have made. I would take it back in a heartbeat if the chance was given to me…I hold a position of importance where people and student[s] look up to me and I have failed. For this I am truly sorry.”
Poe faces one sexual battery charge, and 6 counts of second degree rape.
She posted a $10,000 bond, and is awaiting her next court date on February 10th.