MONITEAU COUNTY, Mo. – A school counselor is on leave of absence, after Cole School District officials learned she was being charged Thursday with statutory rape.

Moniteau County deputies began investigating after an alleged affair was revealed by a 16 year old student on February 13. The victim told investigators that his relationship with Clairyssa Lorenz, 27, began in late June or early July of 2017.

Lorenz, who is charged with statutory rape and sexual contact with a student, was also suspended as a softball coach at the California School District.