A Georgia school administrator has been charged with sex crimes after allegedly raping a female student and drugging others during a Halloween party.
Rachael Louise Terry, 43, has been charged with ten counts of providing alcohol to minors and having sex with a youth at this year’s party.
Terry is the director of enrollment, data collection and federal programs for the Murray County School System in Georgia.
He is paid around $110,000 per year and has been in the position for almost 22 years. He turned himself in and was arrested on Wednesday, 23 November.
Since then, he has been held at the Murray County Jail, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
The age of consent in Georgia is 16 years old; No child under that age can give consent. The ages of the students involved in her case are unknown.
Terry, who works for the Murray County School System, is paid approximately $110,000 a year.
According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Terry was taken to the Murray County Jail.
Terry (centre) was photographed on the night of the Halloween party
As The Dalton Daily Citizen reports, an investigation began on November 9 after Sheriff Jimmy Davenport received a report of underage drinking at a Halloween party.
Davenport told the local newspaper that Murray County Schools Superintendent Steve Loughridge contacted him about the party after parents filed a complaint.
Terry turned himself in to five counts of purchasing an alcoholic beverage for a minor and five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Terry lives in Chatsworth, Georgia. It is not clear where the party took place or whether he is accused of administering the liquor.
Sheriff Jimmy Davenport said the party was investigated after parents filed a complaint.
Terry was placed on paid administrative leave upon his return from Thanksgiving break.
Since his arrest on November 22, Terry has been held at the Murray County Jail (pictured)
Davenport told the Daily Citizen that the case was turned over to the Conasauga District Attorney’s Office to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
“He was placed on paid administrative leave upon his return from Thanksgiving break and prior to his arrest Wednesday night,” said Derichia Lynch, communications coordinator for Murray County Schools.
“Because he is under contract, his leave should be paid until the hearing is held,” he said.
Conasauga DA Bert Poston confirmed that his office handled the investigation of the party.
“Sheriff Davenport asked me to take the lead, so my investigator in Murray County took over that investigation and took those charges,” he said.
“The GBI would not investigate misdemeanor charges under those circumstances, so once the initial complaint came in, we agreed to look into it.”