See if you can see the flaw in the plan here: Laura Kathleen Cantrell is a slightly chubby, blonde, 40-year-old librarian at Harrah Junior High School in Oklahoma. She went to a school resource officer (cop who's stuck at the school all day) to report that a 15-year-old boy was trying to extort $50 from her. How? Reportedly he was going to tell authorities that she was having sex with a student--HIM! Well, of course, that lead to an investigation of her and now charges have been filed in the case with Laura Kathleen Cantrell, a mother of two, face charges of second-degree rape and oral sodomy. At right, Laura Kathleen Cantrell, picture as she walks out of court after her hearing this week on the charges.
Here's more on the story (including a really lame explanation of her innocence) from News OK:
Defense attorney Mickey Homsey said the teen has given authorities several different accounts of his relationship with Cantrell, who was suspended from her position as a media aide at Harrah Junior High School after the allegations came to light in January. She resigned in May after school officials recommended firing her.
Cantrell, a 40-year-old mother of two, surrendered to authorities Monday to face charges of second-degree rape and oral sodomy. She is accused of having sex with the teen at her Harrah home in 2006. Cantrell was released from the Oklahoma County jail after posting $15,000 bail.
Homsey said she has no history of problems in more than 10 years as a school employee. He said the charges against her are the result of authorities taking snippets of her words and actions to support the teenager's claims.
The 15-page affidavit prepared by a Harrah police detective chronicles an investigation into other allegations against Cantrell over the past few years, but most were unsubstantiated.