Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Former Baptist School Teacher Pleads Guilty to Sex Assault

Terah Allyn Rawlings, 32-year-old teacher formerly at the now-closed Hilltop Baptist School, Colorado Springs, Colorado, who in May 2012 pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges, has pleaded guilty to sexual assault.

Rawlings was arrested in November 2011 and accused of engaging in repeated episodes of sex with a 15-year-old boy during 2007. At the time of her arrest she faced multiple counts of sexual assault by a person in a position of trust and promotion of obscenity. Three other individuals were laso accused in the case for failing to report child abuse, among them was Rawling’s father Rawlings’ father, Allen Knight and Pastor Frankin “Wayne” Knight, former church leader and superintendent of Hilltop Baptist Church. Pastor Knight, who is also Rawlings uncle, took the deal on Feb. 17., pleading guilty to being an accessory to a crime and failure to report suspected child abuse, according to court records.

According to the El Paso County Grand Jury indictment, the relationship between Rawlings and the 15-year-old student began in the fall of 2007 and ended when he broke it off in the summer of 2008. The two had sex for the first time in her vehicle in an apartment parking lot, according to the indictment. They also had sex at Rawlings’ home and her father’s home, the indictment stated. The boy told his friend about the encounters. He also showed his friend a photo of Terah Rawlings where she was topless, covering her nipples with her hand.

In May 2012 Rawling plead not guilty to four counts of sexual assault on a child while in a position of trust, four counts of alleged pattern of the same crime, and one count of promoting obscenity.

The Hilltop Baptist School was closed in May at the end of the 2010-2011 school year. Laurie Sutton, who worked at the school, reported the crime to the school and was fired a month later.

Terah Rawlings Pleads Guilty to Sex with Teen

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