Four children placed with a Mayes County woman in foster care have been removed from her home after she was accused of raping a 15-year-old boy.
Stephanie Cowan, 34, of Salina was charged Jan. 24 in Mayes County District Court with three counts of second-degree rape. She is free on $30,000 bail and set to return to court in March.
Cowan, also a Pryor Junior High School science teacher, was suspended and subsequently resigned from the school district when charges were filed, according to Superintendent Don Raleigh.
The former teacher admitted to investigators she had sex and sexual contact with the teen on four separate occasions since he was placed in her care on Oct. 31, according to an arrest affidavit.
Stephanie Cowan and her spouse were approved for placement by DCCCA Tallgrass Family Services on Jan. 19, 2017, said Casey L. White, Department of Human Services communications manager.
DCCCA Tallgrass Family Services is licensed by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services as a child placing agency.
“[The Cowans] completed and passed all of their required background checks and trainings prior to being approved,” White said.
Three girls and one boy were placed with the Cowans, White said. All of the children have since been removed and placed in a safe home.
“We have many safeguards and checks in place to ensure safety of all the foster families we support,” said Jennifer Hethcoat, DCCCA director of communications. “All of these safeguards are not foolproof in predicting human behavior."