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Special ed teacher accused of trying to meet up with teen boy for sex

A married Missouri teacher has been charged with sending a 16-year-old boy explicit videos of her pleasuring herself and inviting him to her home for sex while her husband was out of town, court papers allege.

The Maries County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation into Rikki Laughlin, 25, who works as a special education teacher at a school district in St. James, which is about 100 miles west of St. Louis, after someone called in a tip about an inappropriate relationship, according to a probable cause affidavit. 

Det. Dale Harp met with the student on Oct. 20, and the teen allegedly described how Laughlin pursued him and tried to seduce him. 

Laughlin had reached out to him on Snapchat and “things progressed fast,” he told Harp. “They even kissed while in the classroom of the school,” the teen added.

School District Superintendent Tim Webster said Laughlin, who taught juniors at the high school, has been placed on leave.

“The District takes these matters seriously and reported allegations to appropriate outside agencies, including law enforcement,” he said. “We have been actively cooperating with these agencies since the initial report.”

Rebecca Rosenberg is a veteran journalist and book author with a focus on crime and criminal justice. Email tips to and @ReRosenberg.


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