A routine traffic stop exposed shocking allegations against a former teacher from Idaho. The ex-teacher is accused of having sex with a minor and plying the teenage boy with alcohol and marijuana.
An officer with the Saint Anthony Police Department pulled over a vehicle for having no visible tail lights on Nov. 6, according to court documents. A teenage boy was reportedly in the driver’s seat during the traffic stop. Police determined that the car belonged to 36-year-old Jessica Lawson.
East Idaho News reported, “The teenager told the officer that Lawson had allowed him to drive her car ‘due to her being too drunk to drive,’ according to police reports. Court documents say the minor admitted to having marijuana and was driven home by the officer.”
In the morning, the parents of the minor contacted the Saint Anthony Police Department to report that their son had an improper relationship with Lawson — a former teacher at South Fremont High School.
The boy alleged that Lawson got drunk, and she provided him with marijuana before the two had sex.
According to KIFI-TV, “Lawson later called the boy’s mother and admitted to picking him up, driving him to her home and giving him alcohol.”
Court documents say Lawson admitted to picking the teen up from his house, taking him to her house, and providing him with alcohol. However, she reportedly denied supplying marijuana to the boy but admitted that she had the drug in her home. Lawson allegedly denied that “anything else had occurred.”
Police later arrested Lawson. She was charged with two felony counts of rape of a victim between 16 and 17 years old and whom the perpetrator was three or more years older than, as well as a felony count of controlled substance delivery, and the misdemeanor of dispensing alcohol to a minor, according to online records.
Lawson was booked into the Madison County Jail, and her bond is set at $250,000. Lawson has been ordered not to have any contact with the victim.
If convicted, Lawson faces up to life behind bars.
A spokesperson for the Freemont County School District told Law & Crime that Lawson had worked as a high school teacher from 2021 to the spring of 2023.
Lawson is no longer listed on the school’s staff page.
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