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Idaho teacher arrested for rape of teen cops found driving her car because she was too ‘drunk to drive’


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A 36-year-old former teacher in Idaho has been busted for allegedly having sex with a teen by cops who found the boy behind the wheel of her car because she was too “drunk to drive,” authorities said.

Jessica Lawson is facing felony rape charges after an officer from Saint Anthony Police Department pulled over her vehicle with no visible taillights on the morning of Nov. 6, only to find a teen boy in the driver’s seat of the car, East Idaho News reported.

Lawson – who taught at South Fremont High School from August 2021 through June 2023 – was not in the car at the time, and the teen told police that she let him drive “’due to her being too drunk to drive,’” the outlet continued, citing court documents.

The adolescent also admitted to having used marijuana before being driven home by the officer.

Later that day, however, the teen’s parents called the officer back and reported that their son told them that Lawson picked him up at 11 p.m. the night before and drove him to her house in St. Anthony, according to East Idaho News.

According to the boy, Lawson got drunk and he got high before they eventually had sex.

Lawson eventually called the teen’s mother and admitted to picking him up, taking him to her home, and giving him alcohol, statements indicated.

She also admitted to having marijuana in her house, but claimed she did not give the boy any and denied that “‘anything else had occurred.’”

The Mesa, Arizona native was subsequently charged with two felony counts of rape of a victim between 16 and 17 years old and whom the perpetrator three or more years older than, as well as a felony count of controlled substance delivery and the misdemeanor of dispensing alcohol to a minor, accoring to online records.

She is currently being held in Madison County Jail on a bond of $250,000.

Earlier this year, Lawson updated her Facebook cover photo to a snapshot of a poem about “occasions when placing an out-of-order sign across your heart seemed the wisest decision. Only you didn’t” – which reads cryptically now given the context of her arrest.

She is currently being held in Madison County Jail on a bond of $250,000.

If convicted, she faces up to life behind bars.


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