Former SW aide to be in court today

Thursday, May 11, 2006

The former Southwest R-V School District teacher's aide accused of engaging in sexual activity with two students was scheduled to appear in Stone County Associate Circuit Court today (Wednesday) for her preliminary hearing.

The case against Shanna Lea Angle, 38, of Cassville, was moved from Barry County to Stone County on a change of venue.

Angle was formally charged on Feb. 1 with two counts of child molestation in the first degree, one count of statutory sodomy in the first degree and one count of statutory rape in the first degree. Angle pleaded not guilty to all four felony counts and is free on $40,000 bond.

According to affidavits of probable cause filed in the case, Angle allegedly had sexual contact with two Southwest students who were under the age of 14 at the time of the alleged incidents. The contact allegedly involved touching the students in a sexual manner on top of their clothing.

Angle also allegedly invited both students to visit her residence for the purpose of engaging in sexual intercourse. Court records indicate that one student allegedly went to Angle's home where deviate sexual intercourse occurred between the two.

The case was investigated by Barry County Deputy Sheriff Brian Martin, who is assigned to the 39th Circuit Child Abuse Task Force.

Allegations regarding Angle's conduct were submitted to Southwest administrators on Jan. 25. After reviewing the facts and relevant information, Superintendent Richard Asbill presented all information to the Barry County Sheriff's Office on Jan. 26.

Martin took over investigation of the case, and asked that charges be filed against Angle on Jan. 31.

The purpose of today's preliminary hearing will be to determine if there is another evidence for Angle to stand trial on the charges in Stone County Circuit Court. Defendants can choose to waive their preliminary hearings.

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