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Teacher accused of sexually abusing student

Melvin Glass, photo courtesy Tunica County Sheriff's Department. Melvin Glass, photo courtesy Tunica County Sheriff's Department.

(WMC-TV) - A Tunica County high school teacher has been arrested on a felony charge of sexual battery of a minor.

Rosa Fort High School vo-tech teacher Melvin Glass turned himself into authorities after a 16-year-old female student said he gave her money in exchange for touching her.

She came forward two months ago and said her life has been in turmoil ever since.

For privacy reasons, Action News 5 won't use the girl's name the girl.

"They would say stuff like "'You his new wife now and…you got that man fired and he cool and he didn't even do anything,'" the 16-year-old said while talking about her classmates.

The teenager is trying to piece her life back together after she said high school teacher Melvin Glass tore it apart.

"He just stuck his hand in my pants and he said he would give me some money and he said if I acted right I would get more money," the girl said.

Just before Christmas, her grandmother said she overheard the girl telling the story to a friend.

"When she got off the phone I said… I need you to tell me everything," the girl's grandmother said. "If you don't tell me everything I'm going to whoop you… I need you to tell me the truth."

She said she went straight to Rosa Fort High School to confront Glass.

"When I first went to him and told him who I was and what my granddaughter told me… It looked like he had seen a ghost," she said.

At a probable cause hearing Thursday, a judge signed a warrant for Glass' arrest.

The Tunica County superintendent said Glass was on paid leave since January, but school officials said he was fired on Thursday, but has a right to a hearing before the board of education.

"They need to throw him under the jail and throw the key away," the alleged victim's grandmother said. "That's what they need to do."

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