Tyrone teacher investigated for second degree rape, indecent exposure

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Special to GDH
Staff Writer

On December 15, 2015, Texas County Sheriff Matt Boley was contacted by the Superintendent of the Tyrone, Oklahoma Public School District. The Superintendent reported that he had been made aware of an inappropriate relationship between a Tyrone Public School teacher and a student. The Superintendent reported that through his investigation he was able to gather enough information that he needed to report his findings to law enforcement. The Superintendent advised that the teacher was immediately placed on administrative leave.

Texas County Sheriff's Investigator Andrea Walters was assigned to the investigation. Through interviews and other evidence, the investigation uncovered multiple violations of Oklahoma Statutes and these findings were presented to the District One, District Attorney's Office.

On January 21, 2016, a felony arrest warrant was issued by the court for the arrest of Claire Louise Torres, 27, of Liberal, Kansas. Bond on the arrest warrant was set at $100,000. The felony warrant includes five counts of Rape in the Second Degree and 22 counts of indecent exposure.

On January 22, 2016, Torres was taken into custody in Seward County, Kansas. Torres declined to sign a waiver of extradition to the State of Oklahoma and was released on a $25,000 fugitive from justice bond. Oklahoma authorities will now apply for a governor's warrant to have Torres returned to the State of Oklahoma.

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