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Report: Hephzibah Middle Teacher Promised Tongue Kissing & Sent Student Photos of Her Breasts


A Hephzibah Middle School teacher sent her 13-year-old student photos over an Instagram account, including two of her exposed breasts, a sheriff’s report says.

Rumah Byrapaka (RCSO mugshot)

Also, teacher Rumah Byrapaka allegedly texted him nude pictures and explicit messages, promising him tongue kissing and allowing him to touch her “feminine parts.” A warrant also says she took him inside a small room at Hephzibah Middle School, where she tongue kissed him and performed indecent touching with him.

The 24-year-old teacher was arrested on Thursday and charged with enticing a child for indecent purposes and child molestation.

The case started when the boy’s mother became aware of an inappropriate relationship between her son and and the teacher. She called the sheriff’s office and gave an investigator permission to search the IPOD, which had the photos and access to Instagram account.

Byrapaka, of the 800 block of Prairie Lane, Evans, was arrested and later freed on bond. The school system has reportedly put on her paid administrative leave.

Here is her message from her teacher page:

“Welcome to my page, parents and students. This is my second year at Hephzibah Middle School.  Along with teaching at HMS, I am also a full-time graduate student at Augusta University. I plan on pursuing my education after completing my Masters. I enjoy teaching and working in the educational field. I am teaching high school Physical science and American Government this year. These courses allow students to attain high school credits while they are in middle school. I am excited about supporting young adolescents to reach their full potential and successfully move on to high school.”

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Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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