By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
A former teacher is facing criminal charges for allegedly having an“inappropriate relationship” with a student, according to the Midwest City Police Department.
Police say Ivy Reneau, 28, sent nude photos and video of herself to a 16-year-old student and later paid him to keep it quiet.
Reneau is a former teacher and assistant boys soccer coach at Midwest City Middle School. She was in her first year of teaching at the school, officials said.
On May 11, police started the investigation and met with victim and his mother. The boy told police he met Reneau at the Rose State College soccer field where he was practicing with the high school team. He said they became friends and talked over SnapChat. They later became “flirty” and Reneau allegedly sent several nude photos of herself as well as a video, according to an affidavit.
The student said he later asked Reneau for money not to disclose what had happened and told her he had pictures that could “ruin her career,” according to an affidavit. He said he received a total of $120 from Reneau over three different dates, and showed investigators receipts on his phone. He received the payments via the app, Cash App, the report stated.
The student said they never had a physical or sexual relationship. The student and his mother allowed police to take the phone and download its contents. Police found the nude photos on the phone, according to the affidavit.
An investigator later went to Midwest City Middle School and spoke with a school official who provided a written statement and said Reneau admitted to sending photos to the student on SnapChat.
According to an affidavit, Reneau told police she met the student through soccer and admitted to sending him nude photos of herself on SnapChat. Police asked Reneau if she had sent a video to the student and she said it was possible.
Reneau denied having a physical or sexual relationship with the student. She said they had talked about hanging out one time, but they “never went through with it.” She also admitted to sending the student money after he threatened to expose her.
Reneau voluntarily surrendered her phone to police, according to the report. Police found the same photos of Reneau that were on the student’s phone.
School district officials said Reneau was terminated from the district on May 11 immediately following the onset of the investigation. Stacey Boyer, director of community relations, said the district contacted law enforcement after learning of the alleged relationship between a Mid-Del staff member and a student.
“The staff member is no longer employed by Mid-Del Schools, and we have worked closely with the family of the student in the wake of this accusation. We will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities,” Boyer said.
An arrest warrant was issued for Reneau on May 26. She is facing a felony charge of using technology to engage in communication for sexual or prurient interest with a minor.
As of Monday morning, Reneau has not been arrested.