Watertown police: Henry school teacher arrested for sexual contact with teenage student

March 6, 2023
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D. –Watertown police say a teacher in the Henry School District has been arrested for allegedly being sexually involved with a 16 year-old male student.

Forty one year-old Shanna Ries of Watertown was arrested Sunday for Sexual Contact with a Child Under 18, and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

Both are Class 6 felonies punishable by up to two years in the State Penitentiary, and up to a $4,000 fine.

Ries, a Lisbon, North Dakota native, has been teaching English Language Arts to middle and high school students.

Police say the school district has been notified of the charges against Ries, and that additional charges are pending.

The Codington County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the investigation.