The story of a local school teacher engaging in a relationship with an adolescent student is not new—allegations have been made against several Oklahoma teachers and coaches over the years.
For one teacher, Cassandra White, 34, a former Davis Public Schools teacher, an investigation of those allegations has led to filing of four felony charges in Murray County District Court.
Per state statute, soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology is a felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000 or both. According to the charging documents filed in District Court Tuesday, White was charged with four counts of such solicitation against the minor.
Evidence was initially submitted by the Davis Police Department to the District Attorney’s office. District Attorney Craig Ladd said after Davis PD’s submission, the DA’s office had their investigator conduct further investigations
including interviewing the alleged victim and examining the alleged victim’s cell phone. The supplemental investigation created about a two-month delay. After the conclusion of the additional investigation of the case, First Assistant District Attorney Heather J. Cooper filed the information including salacious messages between White and the minor, describing explicit acts and prior engagements between the two parties.
Danny Cooper, Chief of the Davis Police Department, said the DA’s office filed the arrest warrant at 4 p.m. Tuesday and they were able to serve it to White at around 5 p.m without incident.
White spent the night in Murray County Jail awaiting the initial appearance hearing before Judge Aaron Duck in Sulphur Wednesday afternoon. Duck issued a no contact order between White and the alleged victim. The preliminary hearing conference is set for June 13.
Bond was set at $10,000 during the initial hearing Wednesday after a not guilty plea was entered by White.
White filed for a marriage license with the victim in Cleveland County in December, the 16-year-old male’s father had signed off on the marriage license application at the time, but the license was never completed.