A former Fox Elementary school nurse has pleaded guilty to three felonies for allegedly having sex with a student under the age of 16 and then offering him money to drop the case against her, according to court records.
On Aug. 9, Tina Maria Sumner, 47, of De Soto pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree statutory rape, each one a class C felony punishable by three to 10 years in prison, and tampering with a victim in a felony prosecution, a class D felony that carries a penalty up to seven years in prison. According to a plea deal in the case , however, Sumner is expected to be sentenced to seven years for the statutory rape charges, but she could be released early is she successfully completes a 120-day treatment program. In addition, she would be sentenced to seven years for the tampering charge, but that sentence would be suspended and she would be placed on five years’ probation, according to the agreement.
Sumner is scheduled to appear before Jefferson County Div. 2 Circuit Judge Darrell Missey on Oct. 25 for the sentencing hearing, according to court documents.
The victim told authorities Sumner had sexual contact with him eight times between 2015 and 2017. The incidents reportedly occurred at the alleged victim’s Arnold home, at Sumner’s home, which was in unincorporated Jefferson County at the time, and on Fox C-6 school property, the probable-cause statement in the case said.
When Sumner was arrested in September 2017, she was instructed not to contact the victim or his family. However, the victim’s mother told authorities in November 2017 that Sumner offered her son $2,000 to pay off his vehicle in exchange for dropping the case. The victim also said Sumner offered him money, and his mother provided a copy of a check Sumner gave him, the report said.
Phone records also allegedly showed Sumner had contact with the victim from June 2017 to November 2017, according to the report.
Sumner worked for Fox between 1999 and 2017, resigning after the 2016-2017 school year. She was assigned to Fox Elementary at the time of her resignation, a district spokesman said.
In 2005, the Jefferson County Association of School Nurses named Sumner the School Nurse of the Year.