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Cedar Rapids Teacher Arrested For Having Sex With Student
By Dave Franzman & Jillian Petrus, Reporters
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa A former Cedar Rapids Washington High School teacher has been arrested after police said she was caught having sex with a student.
On Thursday, Cedar Rapids police arrested Heather Adams, 41, on a charge of Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee. Adams was a chemistry teacher at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids until resigning her position for personal reasons on Monday.
Cedar Rapids police spokesperson, Sergeant Cristy Hamblin, confirmed the arrest Thursday night and gave some details of the incident. "We were notified on Sunday May 6th at 9:30 in the evening there was a suspicious vehicle over in the 300 block of 28th Street Drive Southeast," Sgt. Hamblin said.
Hamblin said officers arrived to find Adams and an 18-year-old male in the car. "Through the investigation, they found she is a teacher at Washington High School," said Sgt. Hamblin, "and again, through investigation, discovered they were having sex in the vehicle."
Police say normally this would be considered a legal sex act, because the male student is 18-years-old. However, Adams' status as a high schoolteacher makes it a sex crime.
"I hope the public would never view it as something reflective on the high school," Hamblin said. "This happens at the best high schools in the country, and the worst high schools in the country." Sgt. Hamblin also reiterated the incident did not take place on school property.
The charge is a misdemeanor, but if convicted, Adams will be subject to sex offender registry for ten years.