March 15, 2011

Joann Stephens - Teacher - Gets Plea Bargain Following Alleged Three Year Sexual Relationship With Student

Mineola, Texas (The Weekly Vice) - JoAnn Stephens, a 43-year-old former teacher at Mineola High School in Mineola, Texas has pleaded guilty to having an improper relationship with a student.

According to court records, Mineola Police launched an investigation back in August of last year and then arrested Stephens in December at the conclusion of a four-month investigation into allegations that she had a sexual relationship that began when the boy was 15 years old.

Stephens, who is the wife of Mineola High School Principal, Ricky Stephens, allegedly maintained a relationship with the student over the course of three years. Police believe she communicated with the boy through a trac phone that she provided to him.

Investigators reportedly found DNA evidence from both the teacher and the boy inside a pickup truck, linking the two together. Police also reportedly confiscated text messages and other cell phone records that linked the pair.

Stephens was originally indicted on five counts, including one count of sexual assault. She pleaded guilty to just one count of improper relationship between educator and student on Friday. The four remaining charges were dropped in exchange for her plea.

Stephens' attorney, Dan Wyde, says they will ask for probation in her case. Sentencing has been set for April 27.

Sigh, why the hell even bother....Rename the school mascot the "Mineola Cougars" and spend the thousands of dollars in court expenses on something the county will get serious with.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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