A former Fox C-6 School District nurse has been charged with two 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 March 28, Tina Maria Sumner, 47, of De Soto was charged with two counts of second-degree statutory rape, a class C felony, and with tampering with a victim in a felony prosecution, a class D felony, court records show.
The class C felony is punishable by three to 10 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000. The class D felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000.
Sumner was being held Monday (April 1) in the Jefferson County Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond.
Fox C-6 communications coordinator Sam Rayburn said Sumner worked for the district between 1999 and 2017. He said the 2016-2017 school year was her last with the district, and she resigned at the end of that school year.
He said Sumner was assigned to Fox Elementary School when she resigned.
“Student safety is our No. 1 priority,” Rayburn said. “We will cooperate with the investigation and help anyway we can.”
The alleged 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 said.
When Sumner was arrested in September 2017, she was instructed not to contact the victim or his family. However, the alleged 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 report said.
The alleged victim also said that Sumner offered him money, and his mother provided a copy of a check Sumner allegedly gave to him, according to the report.
Phone records also allegedly showed Sumner had contact with the alleged victim from June 2017 to November 2017, the report said.