Former Greenville special ed teacher faces 20 rape charges in another state

Teacher Charged with Rape
Published: May. 10, 2023 at 2:42 PM EDT|Updated: May. 10, 2023 at 3:04 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina/AP) - A former Greenville charter school teacher was extradited to Delaware on Monday to face multiple rape charges she faces for allegations from 2014.

Police received a report in December that 42-year-old Reed Messer had a sexual relationship with a student in October 2014 while she was working at Stanton Middle School in Wilmington, Delaware. The Associated Press confirmed with Delaware authorities that she left the district the following month.

She was arrested at her Greenville home and charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a child by a person of trust, 10 counts of third-degree rape, and 10 counts of fourth-degree rape.

Messer was certified as a teacher in South Carolina in July 2015 according to records from the South Carolina Department of Education. Her certifications include elementary, early childhood, middle-level language arts, English and special education.

She worked as a special education teacher at Legacy Early College from July 2018 until she was fired in January. The school said she was placed on administrative leave when they learned about the criminal investigation and then terminated after an internal investigation.

The charter school released the following statement after Messer’s arrest:

The Department of Education lists Messer’s teaching certificate status as “summary suspension.”

She is being held at a women’s prison in Delaware on a $310,000 bond.

Stay with FOX Carolina for updates on this developing story.