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Former SF Teacher No Longer Works For Tea Day Care After Rape Allegations

January 30, 2014, 5:03 PM by Hailey Higgins

Former SF Teacher No Longer Works For Tea Day Care After Rape Allegations
TEA, SD -

Tonya Drueppel worked at Tea Tots until just last week. She didn't show up for work on Friday - the same day police say they found her in a motel room with her alleged victim.

The owners of Tea Tots daycare say they are "very saddened" by news that Tonya Drueppel is charged with having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old former student at Axtell Park Middle School.

Up until last week, Drueppel, who was referred to as Miss Tonya D., was working at the day care two miles west of the Tea I-29 exit.

The owners of Tea's Tots didn't want to go on camera but did give KELOLAND News a statement, saying they were extremely shocked by the news.

"We have no reason for concern for any inappropriate activity here with any of our children. Before hiring, we did all the required backgrounds checks and all came back clean. We cannot express our deep sorrow over the ordeal. We have and will continue to work with law enforcement in whatever capacity we can."

Investigators believe the relationship between Drueppel and the victim is an isolated incident. They've told the day care owners that there is no reason for parents at the day care to be concerned.

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