Memphis teacher arrested for sex with teen - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis teacher arrested for sex with teen

Ruth Shrader (Source: Shelby-Sheriff.org) Ruth Shrader (Source: Shelby-Sheriff.org)

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis elementary teacher and associate pastor faces a statutory rape charge.  Ruth Shrader, 50, is accused of having sex with a teenage boy repeatedly over the past two years.

According to an affidavit of complaint, Shrader is a close family friend of the boy, and is the assistant pastor at their old church.  Shrader is accused of giving him gifts, money, and trips in return for sex - a physical relationship that started when she gave him massages.

Police say they have evidence in the form of text messages Shrader exchanged with the boy.

Wednesday, a Memphis City Schools spokesperson said Shrader is a teacher at A.B. Hill Elementary School, but the victim is not a student. However, Shrader is on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

While no one answered the door at Shrader's house Wednesday, her mother, Dorothy, stood behind her daughter.

"I just don't understand any of it, because I've been left in the dark," she said. "It'll have to come out in court.

Shrader is out of jail on $10,000 bond, and is scheduled to appear in court in two weeks.

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