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  • Former teacher enters open plea

  • A former Macks Creek teacher charged with statutory rape of a student entered an open plea on Monday in court. This type of plea means there was no reduction of the charge and no agreement on the number of years the prosecutor will recommend to the court when sentenced.
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  • A former Macks Creek teacher charged with statutory rape of a student entered an open plea on Monday in court. This type of plea means there was no reduction of the charge and no agreement on the number of years the prosecutor will recommend to the court when sentenced.
    Jenner Shaffer, a former English teacher, is charged with a Class C felony of Statutory Rape in the 2nd Degree. Circuit Court Judge Stan Moore accepted the plea and ordered Probation and Parole to prepare a sentencing advisory report and set a sentencing date for June 10 at 9 a.m.
    Macks Creek school officials had no knowledge of the alleged relationship between Shaffer and one of his students prior to being contacted by law enforcement. Shaffer had left the district long before charges were filed. The allegations of involvement surfaced more than a year after the teacher had moved on to a job in northern Missouri.
    Shaffer was arrested and charged in Camden County in September 2012 with second degree statutory rape. Shaffer left the school district in May of 2011.
    According to the Camden County Sheriff's Department, on Aug. 22, a Miller County deputy advised Camden County that during an interview of a female subject, on an unrelated case, she made statements that her one-year-old child was conceived from a relationship with one of her former high school teachers.
    The female subject advised that while she attended Macks Creek High School, she became involved with her English teacher during the 2010-2011 school year. During the relationship she became pregnant with a child by this teacher.
    The female told investigators that the teacher had later resigned from Macks Creek School and moved to northern Missouri. Investigators were able to locate the suspect at his residence in Wheatland in Hickory County.
    Camden County Prosecutor Brian Keedy told the Lake Sun that he stated on the record that at the present time he is recommending that Shaffer be sent the the Dept. of Corrections to the Sex Offender Assessment Unit before considering if probation is appropriate in this case. 
     
     

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