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Parkway teacher charged with statutory rape of student

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Ron Smith, a teacher at Parkway South Middle School and girls basketball coach at Parkway South High School. (Credit: St. Louis County PD) Ron Smith, a teacher at Parkway South Middle School and girls basketball coach at Parkway South High School. (Credit: St. Louis County PD)

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A Parkway South Middle School teacher was charged with statutory rape of a student Tuesday following an investigation by St. Louis County police.

Ronald Smith, 42, also coaches junior varsity girls basketball at Parkway South High School and is alleged to have had sexual contact with a high school student. 

According to authorities, that contact between Smith and the student spanned multiple years beginning in 2015.

Charging documents say Smith and the student first had sexual contact, described by police as sodomy, between August 1, 2015 and December 25, 2015 when the student was less than 17 years old. Also, at some point between August 1, 2015 and June 1, 2016, Smith reportedly had sexual contact with the student at Parkway South Middle School. 

Court documents also state Smith and the student had sexual intercourse between May 1 and November 1 of 2017.

School officials relieved Smith of his teaching and coaching duties and placed him on administrative leave immediately after they were notified of the allegations. They then contacted St. Louis County Police.

In a letter sent home to parents Tuesday, the principals of both South Middle and South High said Smith passed a background check and did not have any previous instances or allegations of misconduct.

"This is obviously deeply concerning because nothing is more important to us than the safety of your children," the letter read. 

Smith is charged with statutory rape, statutory sodomy and sexual contact with a student by a teacher. All three are felonies. His bond is $150,000. 

At this point, the allegations against Smith include only one student, but police are urging anyone who believes they may have been victimized by him to call 314-615-8693.

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