CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State Police on Thursday arrested a Matewan Middle School math teacher for allegedly sexually abusing a 13-year-old female student.
Jennifer L. Parsons, 32, of Matewan, was charged with one count of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian.
Parsons, a math teacher and girls soccer coach, allegedly began having an inappropriate relationship with the girl earlier this school year, according to a criminal complaint filed in Mingo County Magistrate Court.
Child Protective Services began investigating Parsons on Dec. 6 after another teacher complained that Parsons was passing love notes to the girl. The notes were passed while the teenager was in class and they referred to each other as "babe," according to the complaint. Parsons allegedly touched the girl on various parts of her body.
CPS agents concluded the investigation in early December, clearing Parsons of any wrongdoing, according to the complaint.
But this week, more complaints were made against Parsons. State Police Trooper C.A. Douglas and Trooper M. Moore interviewed the girl and several of her classmates.
The girl told troopers that she and Parsons began passing notes during the early part of the 2013 school year, according to the complaint. Parsons would write to the girl, saying she is beautiful and that Parsons loved her, according to the complaint. The girl told police that she and Parsons would burn the notes to hide the evidence.
Parsons also is the girl's soccer coach. The girl admitted to riding in the back of the bus with Parsons on away soccer games. The girl and Parsons would sit with their hands on each other's thighs, according to the complaint.
The girl said she had stayed at Parsons' home on multiple occasions. During one of those visits, the girl said, she was lying on a futon when Parsons crawled over to her and began kissing her stomach, according to the complaint.