Former Tishomingo HS cheer coach charged with lewd acts with child

Mug shot of Shelley Duncan from her 2016 arrest (KXII).
Mug shot of Shelley Duncan from her 2016 arrest (KXII).(KXII)
Published: Apr. 19, 2017 at 3:19 PM CDT
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Shelley Duncan, a former teacher, high school cheerleading coach and district superintendent's wife, was charged with lewd acts with a child Wednesday after a complaint was filed last year that she was having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Duncan, 48, was arrested in September 2016. Her teaching license was suspended a short time later by the state board of education.

The Tishomingo Police Department called the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to look into a complaint they received from the mother of a 14-year-old boy who said he was in a relationship with Duncan.

Now seven months after that, the charge came down.

"It took too long to get them down. The boy said that she did it they should have investigated it more, it shouldn't have taken that long to get her charged with it," resident Brenda Ryan said.

"The investigation took way too long I feel," resident David Ryan said.

Court documents say investigators took and searched the phone, only to find numerous inappropriate text messages between Duncan and the boy.

Documents alleged Duncan referred to the boy as "boo" and "love." It also says the boy told police she had taken him back to her "place of employment," where they had sexual contact.

Court documents also allege they would discuss where they'd have sex on the app Snapchat, so the messages would be erased.

"It shouldn't happen, it just shouldn't happen," local resident Warren Gregory said.

"She was wrong, no matter how you look at it," David Ryan said.

People in the area say they hope to see justice served.

"Do everything they can to punish her," David Ryan said.

"If she's guilty, I say put her in penitentiary," Brenda Ryan said. "And she should never be allowed to be around another child, ever."

Duncan posted $20,000 bond at the time she was arrested, which was not changed.

She remains free on bond. Duncan's next court date is June 16.