SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Timothy A. Garrison, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a former Joplin, Mo., middle school teacher has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to the sexual exploitation of a minor.
Amanda Ruth Schweitzer, 38, of Joplin, was charged in a two-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo., on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. That indictment was unsealed and made public upon Schweitzer’s arrest and initial court appearance on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. She remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing on Jan. 30, 2018.
Schweitzer was a teacher at North Middle School in Joplin at the time of the alleged offenses.
The federal indictment alleges that Schweitzer used a minor to produce child pornography from March 1 to March 29, 2017. The indictment also alleges that Schweitzer transferred obscene material to the minor during that time.
According to previous lawsuits, Schweitzer accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with three students, ‘sometimes in the school where she worked.’
KansasCity.com reported last year: In one incident, Schweitzer “nibbled on (a student’s) ear” and ran her hand through his hair, the suit alleges. She later contacted him on social media to ask “if he enjoyed it.”
When that student blocked her communications, she allegedly had sex twice with another minor in the spring of 2017. She also allegedly had unspecified “sexual misconduct” with him in her classroom, the Globe reported.
Finally, she “engaged in unwanted sexual touching” with a third student around the same time, the lawsuit alleges.
Schweitzer is charged in Jasper and Newton counties with child kidnapping, two counts of statutory rape and statutory sodomy.