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      Palmyra teacher, coach arrested on sex charges

      Randall Shepard was arrested Friday on charges of statutory rape, statutory sodomy and felony sexual contact with a student while on public school property.

      A recently terminated Palmyra High School teacher is due in court Friday March 16th after he was arrested Friday on charges of statutory rape, statutory sodomy and felony sexual contact with a student while on public school property.

      Randall Shepard, 40, of Hannibal, Mo. is in the Marion County Jail on $100,000 bond after his arrest Friday.

      The charges involve allegations that Shepard had sexual contact with a 16-year-old Palmyra High School student, according to a release from the Missouri Highway Patrol.

      The investigation began Jan. 22 when district officials were notified of the allegations levied against Shepard.

      The district placed him on administrative leave and he was officially terminated on Feb. 24.

      Shepard spent two years with the Palmyra School District and taught communication arts. He was also an assistant football coach for the varsity football team.

      As soon as we became aware of it, we made sure that he wasn't around kids, Superintendent Eric Churchwell said Friday night. We were looking out for their safety.