An intricate investigation into a former teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a juvenile led to an arrest in Claremore Thursday.
Law enforcement from several agencies were called in to assist during the course of an investigation that spread from Wagoner to Mayes to Rogers County.
Salina Police Department’s Chief Justin Hokett said he was contacted last week by Wagoner County Department of Human Services in regards to a 14-year-old male from Mayes County.
“The juvenile’s guardians went through his phone and came across roughly one month of texts between him and Persephonie Spradlin,” said Hokett, adding that the texts portrayed “an explicit sexual conversation.”
Hokett said evidence indicated the two had a lengthy history, at least one year and five months.
At that point, Hokett said he contacted Mayes County Sheriff’s Office and was assisted by Investigator James Morgan.
“We then took the juvenile to a Child Advocacy Center where he disclosed that he and Spradlin had been in a sexual relationship since he was 13,” Hokett said.
“During that disclosure, he said she had known him since he was three or four years old, but that he didn’t remember meeting her until fifth grade when she was his teacher’s aid,” he said.
Hokett added, “She was a teacher’s aid at Peggs Middle School until the end of this year when she left for a job at a daycare.”
“MCSO and Salina PD obtained a search warrant for the woman who was staying in Claremore and called us to assist in serving that warrant,” said Detective Jon Singer of Claremore Police Department, adding that the events went smoothly. “We are always willing to help any neighboring agency when we can.”
Spradlin was arrested and transported to Mayes County Jail.
“She is facing possibly two counts of second degree rape and one count of first degree rape,” Hokett said. “Law enforcement was given the names of several other juvenile males, though. So as the investigation continues those charges could increase.”