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Oklahoma teacher charged with rape, accused of sexual relationship with student

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 6:15 AM

Oklahoma teacher accused of having sexual relationship with student

A teacher in Berryhill, Oklahoma, was arrested and charged with first-degree rape.

Tulsa County deputies said Joyce Churchwell, a teacher at Berryhill Public Schools, has been under investigation since mid-December. She is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student.

Deputies said they interviewed a student who admitted to having a sexual encounter with Churchwell at her home while her husband was away.

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Investigators served multiple search warrants, spoke with witnesses and looked through electronic messages. The District Attorney’s Office issued an arrest warrant based on the evidence collected.

Churchwell turned herself in Tuesday upon learning about the warrant, deputies said.

KOKI-TV asked Berryhill Public Schools for a statement, but they have not yet responded.