Teacher Accused Of Having Sex With Pre-Teen

CLEVELAND (AP) - A teacher at a Cleveland private school was arrested on Wednesday and charged with rape. Police said that he had sex with a 12-year-old student who became pregnant.

William Reames, 30, had been a teacher at the elite girls-only Laurel School (pictured, right) in suburban Shaker Heights for three years. The school said that he's been suspended.

Shaker Heights Police Chief Walt Ugrinic said that the relationship started a year ago. Investigators said that the girl was willing, but it is a crime for an adult to have sex with a person of that age.

Police said that they found Reames with his wrists slashed when they forced their way into his Cleveland apartment. He was in stable condition on Thursday at University Hospitals. Doctors there said that they expected him to be discharged later in the week.

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