Hephzibah Middle teacher arrested after allegedly molesting male student


UPDATE: An ICE hold has been placed on a Hephzibah Middle School teacher accused of child molestation.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency will take Rumah Byrapaka into custody if she posts bond, according to District Attorney Natalie Paine.

Byrapaka was in court for an initial hearing Tuesday and was awarded bond after requested by her attorney. The District Attorney’s office opposed the request for bond.

Byrapaka was arrested last week after an investigation revealed that she had allegedly texted nude photos and explicit messages to her 13-year-old student.

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (WJBF) – Warrants accuse Hephzibah Middle School teacher, Rumah Byrapaka, of sending a student nude pictures of herself and explicit text messages.

She’s also accused of kissing and touching the alleged victim indecently in a small room at the school.

NewsChannel 6 spoke with the Vice President of the Richmond County School Board and a Child Enrichment expert on how to move forward on a case like this.

NewsChannel 6 received the incident report, and although it doesn’t say much, it does say that there were messages exchanged between the middle school student and Byrapaka through social media.

Executive Director for Child Enrichment, Kari Viola-Brooke, says, “with technology increasing and being more available all the time, what we are seeing is abuse changing.”

The incident report says the teacher was caught sending her student five photos through Instagram. Two of the photos revealed Byrapaka’s breast.

Vice President of the Richmond County Board of Education, Venus Cain, says, “it’s disgusting, even if it’s not in the school system, when it’s done period, it’s the worst thing that you could do to a child.”

The affadavit says that Byrapaka promised her student “tongue kissing and the touching of her femine parts.” The report also says she “engaged in kissing and indecent touching with the victim.”

“Once the case is adjudicated through the court system,” says Cain, “then it’s sent to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission , and I’ve never seen a case anywhere in Georgia to where you will see that the PSC does not revoke their license period. So, she’s pretty much ruined her whole entire career.”

The 24-year-old is charged with Child Molestation and Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes.

“We offer free counseling to help kids understand, when you have situations like you’re talking about, people may be close in age, sometimes just some psycho education of understanding that this isn’t okay,” says Viola-Brooke.

The teacher is on paid administrative leave.

“She’ll go before personnel hearing and a decision will be made on her disposition,” says Cain.

NewsChannel 6 reached out to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. They were unavailable to answer our questions. This is an ongoing investigation, so we’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (WJBF) – The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a female teacher on charges of Child Molestation.

Wednesday, a mother of a student at Hephzibah Middle School reported an ‘inappropriate relationship’ allegedly taking place between the teacher and her 13-year-old son.

Affidavits states that the teacher, 24-year-old Rumah Byrapaka, allegedly texted nude photos and explicit messages to the student, promising him ‘tongue kissing and the touching of her feminine parts.’

It also states that Byrapaka allegedly brought the child to a small room inside the school to engage in kissing and indecent touching.

After an investigation between the RCSO and RCBOE, Byrapaka was arrested on charges of Child Molestation and Enticing a Minor for Indecent Purposes.

The teacher is on paid administrative leave.

Stay tuned to NewsChannel 6 for more information on this investigation.

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