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Aiken County teacher placed on administrative leave following arrest

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Raquel Stevens (photo courtesy of Aiken County detention center)

An Aiken County public schools teacher has been placed on administrative leave following her arrest Jan. 11.

Raquel Stevens, 35, a math teacher at Leavelle McCampbell Middle School, was arrested on charges of possession of anabolic steroids of 100 doses or more, possession of Fentanyl, violation of drug distribution law, possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance near a school and unlawful neglect of a child, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

“(This) arrest marks Stevens’ second highly-publicized incident involving unlawful neglect of a child charges,” the Aiken County Public School District said in a statement. “After serving as a teacher for three years, Stevens was arrested in October of 2018. In an incident which was believed to have been accidental, Stevens drove to work and unknowingly left her toddler in the back seat. After working and returning to her car at the end of the day, a distraught Stevens rushed her child for emergency care. Despite more than 10 hours in the car, the child survived.”

Stevens, who worked at North Augusta Middle School at the time of the 2018 incident, was placed on leave while the incident was investigated by law enforcement and the State Department of Education considered her certification and its status.

The charges were removed in July 2019 and her teaching certificate was reinstated . The school district said she returned to work in August 2019 and “has performed her duties and responsibilities as a classroom teacher since that time without incident.”

“Educators are held to a high standard of professional and personal conduct,” the statement said. “(The) arrest is certainly upsetting and she will remain on administrative leave pending further investigation.”

Stevens was one of four people arrested after a teen was found naked and beaten on Jan. 3. The others arrested include Patrick Omar Stevens, 36 of North Augusta, Derrick Lydale Nixon, 32, and Rickey Drayton, 62, according to the sheriff's office.