Pawhuska substitute teacher accused of exposing herself during cartwheel pleads 'not guilty'

PAWHUSKA, Okla. — Quick Facts:

  • A substitute teacher in Pawhuska is accused of exposing herself to a class.
  • Lacey Sponsler reportedly did a cartwheel while not wearing any underwear.
  • She was arrested Tuesday.
  • She pleaded not guilty on Friday and is set to appear in court Feb. 9.

Police arrested a substitute teacher Tuesday after she reportedly exposed herself to a classroom of students.

Pawhuska Police Chief Scott Laird released a statement Tuesday evening saying the Lacey Sponsler exposed herself while doing a cartwheel in front of a junior high choir class.

According to an affidavit, Sponsler allegedly told students about previous drug use in her life, said "she thought 14-year-old boys were like men" and announced she was not wearing underwear before performing the cartwheel.

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A student reportedly caught the incident on camera.

According to the affidavit, she denied performing the cartwheel. After police told her about the video, Sponsler said she did not remember the cartwheel or exposing herself. 

Superintendent Dr. Neufeld with the school district released a statement Wednesday:

The Pawhuska School District takes the safety of its students very seriously and does everything it can to provide a safe learning environment.   When the District learned of the incident involving a substitute teacher the District notified the Pawhuska Police Department of the incident and cooperated with the investigation.  The substitute teacher has not been back to school since and will not be utilized in the future. The District will not comment further on this incident.

The Osage County District Attorney's Office said Friday that Sponsler pleaded not guilty and the judge set her status conference for Feb. 9.