A middle school teacher and her husband, a high school softball coach, were arrested and charged with sexual battery this week after they were accused of having sexual encounters with a 15-year-old player on the team.
The Raw Story reported July 14 that Ridgeland Police in Mississippi, after an extensive investigation, arrested Michael L. Porter, 27, and his wife, Blair Elizabeth Porter, 26, of Brandon, Mississippi, and now each face a charge of sexual battery of a child, a charge that could see each behind bars for up to 30 years.
Blair Porter, in addition to her duties as a middle school teacher, also assisted her husband in coaching the Ridgeland High School softball team.
Investigation into the matter began, according to the police report, when the mother of a 15-year-old female turned over her daughter's phone to authorities. She told police that the Porters had been contacting her daughter after school hours and she thought it “went well beyond that of a teacher student relationship.”
The mother also said she believed the alleged inappropriate activity actually began while her daughter attended Old Towne Middle School, according to WLBT in Jackson.
Ridgeland Police quickly secured a warrant and read texts saved to the alleged victim's phone, where they uncovered over 250 pages of text messages, some of which included sexually explicit language and naked pictures.
The alleged victim later admitted to police that there was indeed a relationship between the three. She said one sexual encounter occurred at the Porters' home in Brandon and another occurred at Ridgeland High School.
Both coaches allegedly had oral sex with the teen, according to court documents.
According to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Blair Porter is suggested by the June indictment handed down by the Madison County Grand Jury as having instigated the sexual encounters.
The indictment, however, covered only one of the sexual encounters. The other, the incident that allegedly took place at the Porters' home, is under the jurisdiction of Rankin County, where the city of Brandon is located.
The district attorney's office in Rankin County told WLBT that at present charges were not planned against the Porters there, the intent not to subject the alleged victim, a minor, to two separate trials.
Madison County Superintendent Dr. Ronnie McGehee confirmed to WLBT that both Michael and Blair Porter were no longer employees of the school system.
Both accused parties were booked and released on bail. Blair Porter is reportedly noticeably pregnant.
A court date for the married couple has been set for February.