Aide pleads guilty to sex charges

Thursday, June 22, 2006

A former Southwest R-V School District teacher's aide pleaded guilty to child molestation in the first degree and statutory sodomy in the first degree during a special court appearance on June 8 before 39th Circuit Court Judge J. Edward Sweeney. Shanna Lea Angle, 38, of Cassville, will now face sentencing on Aug. 1. Angle originally pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against her during a June 5 arraignment in Stone County Circuit Court. Angle's case was moved from Barry County to Stone County on a change of venue. She is represented by Cassville attorney Michael Riehn.

Barry County Prosecutor Johnnie Cox said on Tuesday that he had dismissed two of the four charges he initially filed against Angle. He dropped one count of child molestation in the first degree and one count of statutory rape in the first degree.

The charges Angle pleaded guilty to involve sexual contact with one victim. The charges involving a second victim were dismissed.

According to affidavits of probable cause filed in the case by Brian Martin, Barry County child abuse investigator, Angle allegedly had sexual contact with two Southwest students under the age of 14. This alleged contact occurred between Oct. 1 and Dec. 16, 2005, at the school.

Angle also is accused of inviting the two students to her home for the purpose of engaging in sexual intercourse. In the affidavit, Martin writes that Angle confessed to performing sexual intercourse on one of the students at her home on Dec. 16, 2005.

Allegations regarding Angle were presented to Southwest administrators on Jan. 25. After reviewing the facts, Superin-tendent Richard Asbill presented all information to the Barry County Sheriff's Office on Jan. 25.

Angle was arrested on Jan. 31 and has been free on $40,000 bond since her formal arraignment on Feb. 1.

Angle's sentencing is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Aug. 1 in Stone County Circuit Court in Galena.

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