A lawsuit filed against a former Missouri teacher who is facing criminal charges alleges that he gave female students answers to assignments and quizzes if they would allow him to look down their shirts.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that an unnamed student and her family are suing 44-year-old Mark Alan Edwards, the School of the Osage and district officials. The lawsuit alleges that Edwards grabbed the student in a classroom and sexually assaulted her on a field trip. The suit said he also had students compete to be his “favorite.”

Edwards is jailed on $300,000 bond. He’s been charged with two counts of sexual contact with a student, first-degree statutory sodomy and third-degree child molestation. The sheriff’s office says he admitted during an interview to inappropriate contact with students.


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