MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – UPDATED: An Oakhaven Elementary School teacher is on leave, after being charged with aggravated statutory rape.
According to court documents, 53-year-old Marvin Straughter had sexual relations with a 14-year-old boy. Straughter is in jail on $25,000 bond. Straughter is a Shelby County Schools 5th grade teacher.
According to the police report, the child’s great-grandfather is the teen’s guardian and called police.
Court records say Straughter performed sexual acts on the 14-year-old boy at a rooming house in North Memphis where the teacher lived. The report says it happened between July 2018 and August 2019.
The next-door neighbor was home when Straughter was arrested.
“I was alerted by my dogs. When I looked outside, like 20 cops outside, and I saw them apprehending the suspect,” said Taurus Harris.
Harris added, “That’s sad. If it’s true it’s very sad. He didn’t seem the type of guy to do that.”
Another man who lives at the rooming house with Straughter had no idea of the arrest until we told him.
“That’s shocking to hear something like that, but the time we are living in now, it’s really not a shock though,” said David Foster.
Straughter was a 5th grade teacher at Oakhaven Elementary school. A spokesperson for the district says he was placed on administrative leave December 10th while an investigation is being conducted. SCS also said families at Oakhaven are being informed and the allegations to do not involve students at their school.
Straughter had worked for Shelby County Schools since 2013. According to records, he lived in Ohio prior to that.
The full Shelby County Schools statement:
“Marvin Straughter was placed on paid administrative leave on December 10, 2019. This is standard District procedure while matters are being investigated. Appropriate action will be determined pending the outcome of the investigation. Mr. Straughter has been employed with the District since July 2013. He is a 5th grader teacher at Oakhaven Elementary School. Student safety is our top priority, and we always take any report involving allegations against employees very seriously. Families at Oakhaven ES are being informed of the investigation and that the allegations do not involve students at their school. Oakhaven ES staff will ensure students in Straughter’s class are fully supported while this matter is being investigated.”