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Teacher accused with sex crimes resigns, arrested

HENRY, S.D.  — According to Alpha Media USA, the Henry School District released the following statement announcing the resignation of an English teacher recently charged with sex crimes against a 16-year-old male student.

“On Sunday, the Henry School was informed by the Codington County Sheriff Department that a staff member admitted to inappropriate activities with a student in the Henry School District. We are not aware of any other incidents. The Henry School District is cooperating with law enforcement in the ongoing investigation. The Staff Member has agreed to resign effective immediately, which has been accepted by the board of Education. We want to provide a safe learning environment for all students.”

Shanna Ries, 41, of Watertown was arrested Sunday for Sexual Contact with a Child Under 18 and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. Both are Class 6 Felonies punishable by up to two years in prison and $4,000 in fines.

The case is being investigated by Watertown police with assistance from the Codington County Sheriff’s Department. Police say additional charges are pending.

Ries is expected to make her first court appearance in April.

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