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Former Coleman teacher charged with rape

Coleman, Okla. (KXII) – Former Coleman School teacher Cori Harris has been charged with second-degree rape.

“[It’s] very upsetting it just makes you want to keep a close watch on your kids, grand kids, and other kids,” a resident said.

Court documents show Cori Nichole Harris, 24, was charged on November 29.

She turned herself on December 18, and appeared before a judge in Johnston County court with her lawyer.

Harris was released the same day on her Own Recognizance, or a promise to show up for the next court appearance without the requirement to post bond.

A judge has sealed the full affidavit, but no one at the court clerk’s office, or the DA’s office could tell us why.

However an information sheet states Harris had sex with a 16 year old male student, between May 11 and May 15.

“It’s tough , it’s just you don’t know,” a resident said.

Coleman Superintendent Dr. John Sheridan sent this statement to News 12:

“Coleman Public School is always concerned with the safety of all our students. The school has cooperated with law enforcement regarding this matter. Coleman School has also properly reported this matter to the Oklahoma State Department of Education. The employee in question has not been employed by the Coleman Public School in any capacity this school year. Beyond those facts the matter in question is a criminal matter and the Coleman Public School cannot comment further.”

A spokeswoman with the Oklahoma State Department of Education tells us Harris’ teaching license was suspended back in June, after the district reported her alleged crime to them in May.

“Ask questions, don’t be afraid to talk to you kids, because sometimes they may be afraid to talk to you,” a resident said.

Harris was ordered to have no contact with the child, and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is working the case.

She’s due back in court on February 26.

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