Crime

Former Owyhee County teacher charged with sex crimes involving student

An English teacher who abruptly resigned from Rimrock Junior-Senior High School in Bruneau in January, after only five months on the job, has been charged with sexually abusing a 17-year-old student.

Samantha Henretty, 27, is charged with four counts of felony sexual battery of a minor.

Henretty was hired in August 2015 to teach students in grades seven to 12. The Bruneau-Grand View School Board accepted her resignation during a special meeting on Jan. 21.

The school district investigated after allegations were made that Henretty was engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a student, Superintendent Dennis Wilson said. The school investigation concluded that Henretty had carried on an improper relationship, Wilson said.

Charges were brought after the school district reported the allegations to the Owyhee County Sheriff’s Office and the Professional Standards Commission at the Idaho State Department of Education.

Henretty is accused of beginning a sexual relationship with the student last October.

Before she was hired at Rimrock, Henretty served as a special education aide at Mountain Home High School. She also served as a seventh-grade volleyball coach at Mountain Home Junior High.

Henretty posted $25,000 bond.

She was arraigned earlier this month and was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Monday. That hearing was canceled and a new date has not yet been set.

If convicted, Henretty would face up to 25 years in prison on each count.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @IDS_Sowell

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