Rachelle Louise Terry confesses to raping a 15-year-old girl

Rachelle Louise Terry (Murray County Sheriff’s Office)

A 43-year-old former Georgia school principal admitted this week to raping a 15-year-old student while hosting a party at which she provided alcohol to minors.

Rachelle Louise Terry, who served as director of federal programs and enrollment with the Murray County School District, pleaded guilty Wednesday to statutory rape, child sexual exploitation, tampering with evidence, contributing to delinquency of a minor and supply of alcohol to minors, authorities confirmed to Law&Crime.

Superior Court Judge Scott Minter ordered Terry to serve three years in a Georgia correctional facility, plus an additional 12 years of probation after his release.

“In addition, part of the negotiated plea included several special conditions imposed on sexual offense cases, including no contact with children under 18, no alcohol, a curfew, and no internet access or use of social media,” the district attorney’s office wrote in an email to Atlanta. ABC affiliate WST-TV.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), authorities began investigating Terry in November 2022 after allegations that she gave alcoholic beverages to children at a Halloween party held at Terry’s home.

Steve Loughridge, the Murray County Schools Superintendent, contacted the Murray County Sheriff’s Office and reported that the parents of one of the students who attended the Halloween party filed a complaint about the gathering .

Due to a potential conflict of interest, the sheriff’s office reportedly requested that officials from the Conasauga District Attorney’s Office take control of the investigation. The dispute arose because the sheriff’s office provided school resource officers to the district.

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