Andee Lantz is the Oklahoma special education teacher facing a rape charge after prosecutors said she engaged in a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student. CBS affiliate KWTV, citing local investigators, reported Lantz admitted inviting the teen to her home and that they had sex on at least two occasions.
According to court records from Caddo County, an arrest warrant was issued on December 18. Bond was set at $15,000 on December 23 and Lantz was released the same day, inmate and court records show. Her next court hearing was scheduled for March 12.
She is 26 years old.
Andee Lantz Special-Ed Teacher Raped Student
Carnegie Public Schools officials and parents in the district began asking questions about Lantz after a student circulated a nude picture of her, according to KWTV. The outlet reported that the school superintendent spoke with Lantz and the student involved but that both initially denied anything nefarious was going on.
But Lantz eventually admitted that she and the student spent time together after a homecoming football game. KWTV, citing court documents, reported that Lantz confessed to inviting the teen over to her house, where they had sex, after claiming the student had made the first move by leaning in for a kiss.
Online court records show Lantz was arrested by an officer with the Carnegie City Police on December 18. Heavy has requested a copy of the affidavit from the court clerk in Caddo County, Oklahoma. As of this writing, we had not yet received it.
Lantz has been a licensed educator since at least 2016, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Her online profile shows she received authorization to teach elementary school in December 2016. The record notes she was allowed to teach students from 1st through 8th grade.
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In September 2019, Lantz earned the appropriate certifications to teach special education. She was permitted to teach students across the spectrum, from “mild-moderate disabilities” to “severe-profound/multiple disabilities.” Lantz’s record shows she could work in any school level from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
Lantz was teaching special education within the Carnegie Public Schools system when the sexual relationship with the teenager took place. According to KOKH-TV, Lantz resigned from the district in mid-November, weeks before she was arrested.
Lantz’s headshot and contact information have been removed from the school website. But a Google search of her name still brings up a link that leads to the middle school faculty directory, suggesting Lantz taught middle school students.
Caddo County court records show Lantz’s husband filed for divorce on November 30. In the original petition, he wrote that the couple had been married since August 2016 but that they had since become “incompatible.
Lantz’s husband included in the petition that he and Lantz have one child together who was born in September 2018. He requested custody of the toddler and “reasonable visitation” rights for Lantz. Her husband also requested child support.