DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — A former teacher’s assistant in Mississippi was arrested and booked into the Desoto County jail on sex charges involving a minor.
Amy Craft, 48, was arrested on Thursday, April 15, and charged with molesting – touching a child for lustful purposes, according to the DeSoto jail website. The Desoto County Sheriff’s Department said the child was under age 16.
A second charge of molestation was filed on April 20, after detectives allegedly found more evidence, that Craft touched the minor inappropriately.
The sheriff’s office said a deputy on routine patrol spotted a suspicious vehicle in front of Center Hill High School in Olive Branch around 1 a.m. Thursday. The deputy found Craft with a minor inside the vehicle.
Desoto County Schools confirmed to WREG that Craft was formerly a teacher’s assistant, and they are cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation.
According to Mississippi law, the charge accuses Craft of “indulging her sexual desires with a child 16 years or younger” or “indulging her sexual desires with a child under the age of 18-years-old who is not her spouse.” It is a felony charge.
WREG’s Peter Fleischer went by an address listed for Craft, hoping to get her side of the story. No one answered the door.
Craft may face further charges in other jurisdictions, the sheriff’s office said.