Ex-Beaufort County school psychologist charged with sexual battery of student accuses student of rape

rlurye@islandpacket.comMarch 5, 2014 

Megan Michelle Snipes

A former Beaufort County school psychologist charged with the sexual battery of a student filed a report in Savannah late last month accusing the same teenager of armed robbery and rape.

Megan Snipes, 28, was arrested Dec. 20, accused of engaging in a sexual act with a 16-year-old student she was seeing professionally as a psychologist at Battery Creek High School. Her bond agreement stipulated she not have further contact with the boy.

On Feb. 20, Snipes said she met the boy and his cousin in Savannah to give them a ride home to Beaufort, according to a Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police report. That was the same day she was indicted by a Beaufort County grand jury on the sexual-battery charge.

The boy had called her at 9:40 p.m., according to the police report, filed in Savannah by Snipes on Feb. 22. In the report, she says she drove from her Ridgeland home to the Oglethorpe Mall in Savannah, picked up the boy and his cousin, bought them food and followed her former student's request to drive to a park.

Snipes told police she pulled over at the park and agreed to sit in the back seat with her former student. She eventually agreed to move closer to him because he was a "smooth talker," the report said, but refused to sit on his lap.

Snipes then saw that he had a revolver and felt she could not say no to sexual contact, the report said. Afterward, the boy told Snipes his cousin had filmed the sexual encounter and they would use it to frame her if she did not buy them cigarettes, the report said. When she did, the former student asked for $500.

When Snipes refused, he placed the gun on the car console, the report said. She talked him down to $220, withdrew the cash from an ATM and gave it to the boys, who walked away, Snipes told police.

She reportedly drove home about 11:30 p.m. and went to Naval Hospital Beaufort the next day for a rape examination.

Both of the boys' names were redacted from the report, and attempts Wednesday to reach them through relatives were unsuccessful.

The sexual battery case against Snipes is pending, according to court records. Jim Brown of Beaufort, the attorney representing her in that case, said he could not comment on the report Snipes filed in Savannah because he has not seen it and is not representing her in that matter.

Savannah police spokesman Julian Miller said Wednesday his department's investigation continues, but he could not release any additional information. He declined to say whether charges have been filed.

Sgt. Robin McIntosh of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said she was aware of the Savannah police report but could not comment further.

Snipes' Dec. 20 arrest in Beaufort County came after student's mother found sexual messages between her son and Snipes on her son's Facebook account, according to a Sheriff's Office report. The boy told deputies he and Snipes engaged in a sexual act in October.

Snipes was released Dec. 21 from the Beaufort County Detention Center on a personal-recognizance bond, and on the condition that she not have any contact with her former student, according to 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone. She resigned from the school district Jan. 7.

While Stone said he was aware of Snipes' report in Savannah, he declined to comment on whether he would move to have her bond revoked, citing the ongoing investigation.

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