Former Joplin teacher sentenced for child sex crime
JOPLIN, Mo. – A judge sentences a former Joplin teacher for charges related to enticing one of her students to engage in illicit sex.
Amanda Ruth Schweitzer, 42, will spend 20 years in federal prison without parole. U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark delivered the sentence in federal court today. The court also sentenced Schweitzer to 15 years of supervised release following incarceration.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Missouri, Schweitzer was a teacher at North Middle School at the time of the crime.
On June 16, 2020, Schweitzer pleaded guilty to enticing a minor for illegal sexual activity.
The 13-year-old victim was a student of Schweitzer’s. The student reported that she sent nude photos of herself to the victim, with whom she primarily communicated via Instagram. The teacher engaged in sexual intercourse with the victim on at least two occasions in March 2017, according to the attorney’s office. The victim reported that he also sent a nude image of himself to Schweitzer.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ami Harshad Miller prosecuted the case. The Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, the Joplin, Mo., Police Department, and the FBI investigated the crime.
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