Macks Creek resident Joseph Perry Rice IV, 35, was charged in Miller County with second degree sexual misconduct on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 for alleged actions related to a former student under the age of 17

A Lake area educator has been charged for alleged sexual misconduct.

Macks Creek resident Joseph Perry Rice IV, 35, was charged in Miller County with second degree sexual misconduct on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 for alleged actions related to a former student under the age of 17. Rice is currently employed as a principal at Climax Springs R-IV, but was previously a teacher at Miller County R-III school.

According to the probable cause statement, a female juvenile victim reported a complaint to Miller County deputies about Rice Monday, February 26, 2018. According to the court documents, the alleged victim claimed Rice sent her inappropriate pictures via Snapchat starting in May 2017. 

Rice allegedly flirted with her on Snapchat starting in May of last year, according to the probable cause statement. The messages continued and escalated in September. Rice allegedly requested inappropriate pictures of the victim who said she felt pressured and threatened. Then in September the victim alleged that Rice asked if he could pick her up after a school softball game so that they can participate in sexual intercourse. Alarmed, according to the probable cause statement, the victim allegedly stopped all contact with Rice via Snapchat.

Rice was arrested around 6 p.m. February 27 by Camden County deputies on the Miller County warrant and was later released on a $2,000 bond with special conditions.

Climax Springs R-IV school Superintendent Nathan Barb said Rice has been placed on administrative leave and district officials would follow the case as it goes through the justice system to determine further actions.

The Miller County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Kids Harbor, the Missouri State Technical Assistance Team (STAT) and the Camden County Sheriff's Office with the investigation.