Hephzibah, GA – A middle school teacher faces deportation after she was arrested on a child molestation charge.
Rumah Byrapaka, 24, was given a $15,000 bond on Tuesday for the child molestation charge and another $10,000 bond on another charge of enticing a child for indecent purposes, according to the Augusta Chronicle.
The district attorney didn’t oppose the bond, but the family of the male 13-year-old victim did.
If Byrapaka posts bond, she would be released from the Charles B. Webster Detention Center but then would be put in a federal detention center on an immigration hold, according to the Augusta Chronicle.
It’s unclear what her home country is.
The district attorney’s office stated that there would be more charges filed against Byrapaka, who is not a U.S. citizen and has a student visa.
The Augusta Chronicle reported that Byrapaka sent nude photos and explicit messages to the alleged victim via Instragram. She also touched the 13-year-old in an indecent manner and kissed the boy on school grounds, according to police.
Prosecutors have said the alleged victim was in love with his teacher and sneaked out of his home to meet Byrapaka.
Judge Scott Allen ruled that Byrapaka could have no contact with the 13-year-old boy or any contact with anyone under the age of 18.
The judge also ruled that Byrapaka could not teach at any school, the Augusta Chronicle reported. He ruled that Byrapaka would have to notify the court if she was released from federal custody and surrender her passport to the district attorney’s office.
The school district placed Byrapaka on administrative leave with pay, according to the Augusta Chronicle. She taught physical science and social studies at the school, according to the New York Post.
“We will continue to cooperate with the [Richmond County Sheriff’s Office] as the investigation progresses,” a school district spokeswoman said, according to WRDW.