BAY CITY, MI — Prosecutors are alleging a Bay City middle school teacher repeatedly had sex with one of her students.
Bay County Chief District Judge Timothy J. Kelly on Wednesday, Jan. 15, arraigned Sarah M. Raymo, 31, on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a life offense.
Raymo is an English language arts intervention specialist at T.L. Handy Middle School, according to the Bay Arenac ISD Directory for the 2013-2014 school year. Bay City Public Schools Superintendent Douglas L. Newcombe said Raymo has been with the school system for about three years.
Court records indicate a male student between the ages of 13 and 15 alleged he had a sexual relationship with Raymo that began in 2012 and continued into 2013.
The sexual acts occurred at Raymo’s Essexville home and at the school at 601 Blend St. in Bay City, according to the teen’s statements to a forensic interviewer, court records show.
Bay City police investigated the matter but declined to comment.
Newcombe said that school staff on Monday became aware of possible improper contact between Raymo and a student.
“We basically contacted the authorities and brought police into the matter,” Newcombe said. “At that point, we were working with police, cooperating with police and letting them do their thing and get to the bottom of it.
“With something that is serious like this, we get the police involved right away and let them handle it from there. When we originally found out about it, it was just a rumor. It wasn’t until just yesterday that we knew for sure there was a problem going on.”
Newcombe added that on Wednesday, students’ parents received information regarding the alleged misconduct, though there are no plans for the faculty to address the student body about the allegations.
Raymo is represented by Bay City attorney Matthew L. Reyes.
“I think some very poor decisions were made by several people,” Reyes said. “Unfortunately, this is the outcome — people get charged with crimes and there are no winners here. I think at the end of the day, it will be a tough row to hoe, but the full truth will come out and I think justice will be served.”
Records indicate Raymo, maiden name Dominowski, in August 2012 applied for a marriage license with Christopher W. Raymo. Reyes said the pair are still married, and Raymo’s husband and mother appeared at her arraignment in support of her.
Reyes also said that police arrested Raymo Tuesday evening at her home.
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