Former Del City teacher accused of raping student

Raymond Crawford. (Oklahoma County Jail)

The Del City Police Department has confirmed that a former teacher has been accused of raping a student at a Del City Elementary School.

Del City Police Department Major Jody Suit confirmed that Raymond Crawford, 44, was charged Dec. 23 with first-degree rape in Oklahoma County court. Police say Crawford worked as a fifth-grade teacher at Epperly Heights Elementary School.

The crime allegedly occurred May 21 on the last day of classes prior to summer break. Crawford is accused of forcing a 10-year-old girl into the handicapped stall of a restroom and raping her. Crawford allegedly told the girl he had a box knife and threatened to kill the girl.

Crawford was arrested and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail in August after a report was filed in the incident. On Sept. 3 he was released on the condition that he wear a monitor and not work as a teacher. Mid-Del Public School spokesperson Stacey Boyer said Crawford resigned from the school May 26.

"Over the summer, Mid-Del Schools was notified of allegations against a former teacher. Our staff immediately notified the local authorities to make them aware. The person in question, resigned after one year of employment during the 2014-2015 school year. The safety of our students is our primary concern and we are working with the local authorities to provide any assistance that is needed in this matter," Boyer said in statement.

Crawford joined Mid-Del Public Schools August 2014. Boyer says he passed the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation's background check upon employment.

Prior to his time at Mid-Del, Boyer worker for one semester at Durant Public Schools and worked from August 2011 to May 2014 in the Moore Public School system.

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