Haylie Smart, a 29-year-old teacher from Oklahoma, has been arrested on a charge of second-degree rape. The Rogers County’s Sheriff’s Office said that the high school teacher allegedly had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.
Smart is accused of having sex with the student after class at Oologah-Talala High School and at his home.
The school parted ways with Smart on May 29.
“The top priority of the Oologah-Talala (schools) is the health, safety and security of our students and staff,” superintendent Max Tanner said in a statement. “The (district) will not make any comment regarding Ms. Smart’s previous employment as personnel matters are confidential. Moreover, the (district) has no comment regarding any criminal matters regarding Ms. Smart.”
From the Tulsa World:
Smart allegedly began rubbing the student’s back and placing her head on his shoulder in October 2017, according to a probable cause affidavit. The two reportedly hugged in front of other students multiple times. Sometime near the beginning of November, the two began engaging in sex, the documents state. The student turned 18 in December. Smart and the student continued the relationship into the spring, including during the two-week statewide teacher walkout, according to the affidavit.
When the school first began its investigation into the relationship, Smart allegedly reached out to a friend to acknowledge it. During a text conversation, she acknowledged that the school would likely find sufficient evidence to fire her.
Smart turned herself in on Friday, Aug. 25 and posted $25,000 after a warrant was issued for her arrest back on Aug. 17.
Muller is just the latest teacher to be charged for an inappropriate relationship with a teenager. Over the course of just a few months, educators across the country were arrested for entering into an inappropriate relationship with their students, Tennessee teacher Janet Smothers, LaToya Parker, Florida teacher Caroline Lawson, 26-year-old Allyson Moran and Katherine Ross Ridenhour were all arrested on similar charges. A woman named Kayla Sprinkles was arrested in North Carolina for similar sexual crimes.
The list goes on to include 22-year-old Oklahoma science teacher Hunter Day, 28-year-old teacher Megan Kotarski, 23-year-old history teacher Michelle Schiffer, 29-year-old Alyssia Marie Reddy, special education teacher Jordan Ondish and 28-year-old Samantha Fitzpatrick have all been allegedly carrying on inappropriate relationships with their students.