Teacher, Principal, Pastors Indicted In Sex Assault Case


A 15-year-old boy was sexually assaulted multiple times by a teacher at the Hilltop Baptist School, according to an investigation by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

After an almost year-long investigation, the Sheriff's Office says the teacher in question and three additional suspects were arrested and charged by a grand jury.

Terah Allyn Rawlings, 32, was arrested Wednesday on four felony counts of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust-pattern of abuse and four felony counts of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust. She also received a misdemeanor charge of obscenity-promotion. Rawlings has posted a $25,000 bond.

According to affidavits against all four defendants obtained by KKTV 11 News Thursday evening, Rawlings had sex with the student numerous times between fall 2007 and summer 2008. The student was a sophomore when they allegedly had sex for the first time in a vehicle parked outside an apartment complex. Subsequently the documents say they had sex in the vehicle, in Rawlings’ home, and in her father’s home.

According to the affidavit, Franklin "Wayne" Knight, Raymond "Allen" Knight and Jan Ocvirk were each told similar accounts by people who witnessed Rawlings and the student making out in a van during a school trip. They were also told that a witness saw them go into a bedroom with the student and heard noises that sounded like people having sex.

Ocvirk brought these allegations to Wayne Knight, the court documents say, but never reported them to the Department of Social Services or police. She allegedly told the witnesses not to bring the allegations to law enforcement.

According to the affidavits, Wayne Knight, the senior pastor at Hilltop Baptist Church and a former superintendent of the school, “displayed a consistent pattern to manipulate and control the situation--not only among the faculty at Hilltop Baptist School--but also among parent, church members and students.”

He allegedly told church members that “if you persist with this, your relationship with the church will be damaged.”

The pastor, who is Rawlings' uncle, also allegedly lied about having conducted a lie detector test.

Wayne Knight, 63, faces misdemeanor charges of failure to report child abuse or neglect and accessory to a crime, a felony. He posted a $2,000 bond.

Raymond "Allen" Knight--Rawlings' father, Hilltop Baptist School's former athletic director, and the associate pastor at Hilltop Baptist Church--also did not bring the report to the proper authorities.

Allen Knight faces charges of failure to report child abuse or neglect. He has posted a $300 bond.

Jan Ocvirk, 51, the former principal of Hilltop Baptist School, is charged with two counts of failure to report child abuse or neglect. She posted a $300 bond.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the sex assault took place in 2007 and was reported in 2010. The investigation is ongoing.

In an interview with KKTV's sister station CBS4 from Denver, EPSO's Lt. Lari Sevene said she would not use the term "cover-up" in relation to the school's reported actions. She said that administrators allegedly discounted initial reports.

The Hilltop Baptist School was closed in May at the end of the last school year. A source at the church estimated they had more than 100 students. EPSO says the closure was unrelated to the ongoing investigation.

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  • by me colorado Location: NE Springs on Nov 22, 2011 at 08:43 PM
    WOW Not the White Folks That Stay UP NORTH! CHURCH FOLKS AT THAT! SMH
  • by wow on Nov 22, 2011 at 03:51 PM
  • by Val Location: COS on Nov 20, 2011 at 11:09 PM
    It was a mistake on both of their parts, sure, but not worthy of all the hateful comments or media sensationalism. This should have been dealt with by the families and the school, not the media and courts. People are showing their own
    vulgarity by gobbling up the hype. By accepting over-litigiousness like this, people are rolling over to the police state this country is becoming. He was a teen, not a child, and obviously willing. This is a family matter.
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      by sda on Nov 21, 2011 at 06:11 PM in reply to Val
      Val, How do you suggest the school and families should have handled it? It was reported and absolutely nothing was done. That is the reason there are laws regarding this type of thing. A teen is not ready or mature enough to deal with this type of thing. They are teens not adults. They are still considered dependents for specifically that reason, they are not ready to live completely independently because they are still learning how to make wise decisions. The adults in their lives are supposed to be helping them on that path, and when they want to make foolish decisions, the adults are supposed to be mature enough to show them the error of there ways, not join in on the error.
  • by FYI Location: Nonayabiz on Nov 20, 2011 at 10:31 PM
    C'mon people, it's the Knight family... is anyone really that shocked and suprised that this happened. This certainly wasn't the first incedent...just the first one they got caught in.
  • by A Location: C/S on Nov 19, 2011 at 10:19 PM
    No one will every really no what went on at the school/church. But parents who had kids there need to really listen and pay attention to what is going on in their kids lives. I am sure this is just the tip of the iceburg.
  • by Bill Location: La Junta on Nov 19, 2011 at 01:15 PM
    @wool...I'd be glad to help her out with her addiction problem!
  • by KEEPURHEADUP Location: NOWHERE on Nov 18, 2011 at 09:51 PM
    Keeping Terah and her family in my prayers they are good people. If that was your daughter or niece everyone would have done the same thing. If that was the Suttons daughter that did this they would have done the same thing if they could of. No matter how much everyone is on here saying this and that everyone knows they would..
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      by SDA on Nov 20, 2011 at 05:05 AM in reply to KEEPURHEADUP
      It is good you are praying for them, but you are wrong. Not everyone would have done the same thing. We must teach our children that there are consequences for their actions, and even if it would be extremely hard to turn them in, in the long run it is better for everyone. Living with the guilt and lies is not a good way to live. Also, if they really believe she did nothing wrong, then reporting it would result in an investigation that would show she was innocent. Obviously, the family believed there was some truth in the accusations. Otherwise, there would have been no reason for not reporting it.
  • by Joe Blow Location: Csc on Nov 18, 2011 at 09:36 PM
    This teacher is not a bad person. It takes two to have sex she didnt do her self. This kid has a part in this too. If you ask me he should get charged too for lying about it saying nothing was true at the beginning if it is true.
  • by Bill Location: La Junta on Nov 18, 2011 at 08:51 PM
    Hey Men, when u were 15 did you ever fantasize about your teacher? C'mon folks...let's get realistic here...political correctness aside.
  • by Caroline Location: C/S on Nov 18, 2011 at 04:25 PM
    We should all be outraged at this Teacher for her actions and the other three for covering it up. My daughter went to this school and I guarantee you, if I ever found out that anyone had touched her, well, they would certainly be meeting their maker. Hilltop School more than likely did not close due to financial issues, like they stated, they probably closed their doors due to this tragic and horrible incident.
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