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School administrator charged with child molestation, giving alcohol to minors, GBI says

Dr. Rachelle Louise Terry, age 43, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student, according to investigators.
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MURRAY COUNTY, Ga. — An administrator with the Murray County School System has been arrested and charged with child molestation and statutory rape, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. 

Dr. Rachelle Louise Terry, age 43, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student, according to investigators. She was the director of federal programs and enrollment -- a role that often works closely with at-risk students such as those in foster care, unhoused students and those who may face abuse at home.

Terry has also been charged with 10 counts of "furnishing alcohol to minors" during a Halloween party earlier this year.

The GBI adds that, back in November, the school district revealed the relationship between Terry and the student to them and requested it to be investigated.

"We are shocked and saddened to hear of the criminal charges involving our employee. These are extremely serious charges. The safety and well-being of our students is always a top priority for Murray County Schools," the district said in a statement. 

A district official said she has been placed on administrative leave as authorities investigate the case. She is currently booked into the Murray County Jail.

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