By Conrad Dudderar
A former Yukon Catholic School teacher is now a convicted sex offender for using Instagram to seek sex with a teenage student.
Samantha Ann Brasses, 32, pleaded guilty June 18 in Canadian County District Court to unlawful communication with minor using technology. She had previously waived her right to a jury trial.
District Judge Jack D. McCurdy accepted the guilty plea and sentenced Brasses to 10 years in custody of Oklahoma’s Department of Corrections. She was ordered to serve two years in state prison with eight years suspended.
In her guilty plea, Brasses admitted in May 2019 she had used the Instagram messaging service “for the purpose of soliciting sexual conduct with a minor.”
Brasses, of Sulphur, was booked at 3:05 p.m. June 17 in the Canadian County Jail awaiting transfer to state DOC custody.
Upon her release from prison, Brasses will be supervised by the DOC under special rules and conditions for sex offenders and regular DOC supervision rules.
Brasses was assessed a $200 fine, $200 victim’s compensation assessment and jail fees. She was ordered to have no contact with the victim or victim’s family, according to court documents.
She faced 10 years in state prison and/or maximum $10,000 on the felony charge.
Brasses previously taught at St. John Nepomuk Catholic School and was charged in June 2019 with unlawful communication with a minor using technology.
Brasses had been free for about two years after posting a $20,000 bond the day after she was formally charged.
Prosecuting the case was Assistant District Attorney Eric Epplin, who read a victim’s impact statement from the victim’s mother at the June 18th sentencing hearing.
Brasses was represented by attorneys Mack Martin and Amber Martin.
PROOF WAS IN THE TEXTS
The underage victim’s parents contacted school officials in May 2019 after they discovered the sexually charged text messages between Brasses and their 14-year-old son, according to a Yukon police report.
The school principal contacted the Yukon Police Department to report the allegation, and an investigation led to formal charges.
A forensic examination of the boy’s cell phone uncovered descriptive remarks about Brasses’ intentions with the alleged victim, according to an arrest warrant affidavit signed by Yukon police Det. Terry Prigmore.
The text conversation included several sexually explicit messages that suggested Brasses wanted to have sex with the boy – and she wrote several times that she loved him, the affidavit shows.
The student began sending the teacher text messages in September 2018 at which time St. John Nepomuk officials cautioned Brasses about “student and teacher boundaries,” the police report reads.
School officials did not believe the conversation had become sexual in nature at the time the student and Brasses were questioned.
The boy had become “very private with his iPhone,” and hid it about two weeks before the police investigation began. An Instagram app on the student’s phone showed conversations believed to be sexual in nature, investigators wrote in their report.
Police did not believe there was any physical or sexual contact between Brasses and the boy.
Brasses was fired from her teaching position at St. John Nepomuk Catholic School and moved away from Yukon.