Former Jasper High School employee charged, accused of having sexual contact with students

Rusk gets seven years for sex crimes against students
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Updated April 30, 2014 – A former Jasper High School employee accused of having sexual contact with several students has pled not guilty to the charges against her. Janice Lorene Rusk, 42, of Jasper, Missouri has been charged with one count each of statutory rape and statutory sodomy.

Posted April 15, 2014 – NEWS RELEASE FROM THE JASPER COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE:

Janice Lorene Rusk, 42, of Jasper, Missouri has been charged with one count each of statutory rape and statutory sodomy in an ongoing investigation by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation began in March after the Sheriff’s Office received information that Rusk, a Jasper High School employee, had sexual contact with several students. Further charges are expected as the investigation progresses. Rusk was booked into the Jasper County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

The Charges for which the above were arrested are mere accusations and is not evidence of guilt. Evidence is support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

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The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office says Rusk has bonded out.

UPDATE: Jasper School officials confirm Rusk has not been an employee with the district since March.