A former Grant County High School teacher charged with rape admitted to having sex with a student at his home and told detectives that the student’s parents were aware of their relationship, documents state.
The investigation began in 2019 when Walton-Verona High School administrators alerted police to sexually explicit videos and texts one of their teachers – Mollie Verkamp, 27, of Florence – exchanged with a student at their school.
Verkamp said she did not have a physical relationship with the Walton-Verona High School student, who was 18 at the time they exchanged inappropriate messages, according to documents. No charges were filed in connection to her relationship with that student.
However, during the investigation, Verkamp did admit to a sexual relationship with a different student at her previous place of employment in Grant County when that student was 17 years old, according to court documents.
Verkamp was arrested Thursday after a yearlong investigation and released on bond the same day. She was not employed by any school during the 2019-2020 school year, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.
Verkamp’s arrest was due to alleged sex acts that occurred at her home in Boone County with the Grant County High School student. Another investigation is currently open in Grant County where police say Verkamp had sex with the same student at his home, according to Lt. Philip Ridgell with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. No charges have been filed against Verkamp in Grant County as of Wednesday.
During a March interview at the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, Verkamp stated she had consensual sex with a Grant County High School senior student and had Facetimed the student while in the nude and while performing sexual acts.
Verkamp also told detectives that their relationship was about more than sex. According to records obtained by The Enquirer, Verkamp and the student began messaging when she added the student on Snapchat the summer before his senior year.
During an interview, the former student, who graduated in 2018, told investigators the two had looked up the laws about the age of sexual consent and since he was at least 16 years old at the time, that Verkamp thought it was legal. They decided to become official but agreed to keep the relationship quiet. Documents state the student was not aware that Verkamp was already married when their relationship started.
Verkamp ultimately invited the student to her apartment in Boone County, documents state. The student brought condoms to her apartment and Verkamp told detectives they had sex at her apartment on at least one occasion. The student said it was five or six times.
Verkamp also admitted to having sex with the student at his home in Grant County on a few different occasions while his parents were home, documents state.
Verkamp said she knew the student’s age and was aware that she had been in a position of trust as a teacher, according to court documents.
The student’s mother became aware of the relationship between Verkamp and her son after she found messages between the two on his computer. Documents state she questioned her son about the relationship and requested to meet with Verkamp. She asked Verkamp about her intentions with her son and told the student’s father about the relationship a few weeks later.
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During an interview with detectives, the student’s father stated he and his wife did not support the relationship, documents state.
Documents state Verkamp and the student’s mother communicated through text. Verkamp said she trusted that the student and his family would not say anything about their sexual relationship and that the student was “very attached to her.”
Documents state Verkamp knew the relationship was wrong and that a Grant County High School counselor questioned her about the relationship on two separate occasions after the counselor was made aware of concerns that the student was in Verkamp’s classroom in the mornings prior to class.
Grant County High School Spokesperson Nancy Howe said the district was not aware of any alleged misconduct while Verkamp was employed.
“Ms. Mollie Verkamp was employed as a teacher at Grant County High School for two years, after which time she left on her own accord,” Howe told The Enquirer in an email. “During her employment at Grant County High School, the administration was not aware of any allegations of sexual misconduct, and she was not under investigation.
“The District has been and will continue to fully cooperate with the Boone County Sheriff’s Office which is investigating this matter. As this investigation has not yet been completed, the district is unable to provide further comment at this time.”
When the student graduated and started dating someone else, he said Verkamp called him crying and said she wanted to get back together with him and would leave her husband. Documents state Verkamp told the student about sending nude photos and a video to the Walton-Verona High School student.
Verkamp and her husband did file for a divorce in December, according to court records. They were married in November of 2016 and stopped living together in August of 2019 and the divorce was finalized this month.
Verkamp denied having sex with any other students or performing any sexual acts in her classroom, according to the documents.
Walton-Verona Schools Superintendent Matt Baker said the district took appropriate actions to protect the safety and well-being of students after they became aware of the alleged misconduct in May of 2019.
“Our high school administration received positive reviews from this individual’s former employers,” he said.
Verkamp’s attorney, Wilbur Zevely, did not return a message seeking comment Wednesday.
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