Thursday, May 19, 2011

Jo Ann Stephens sentenced

Jo Ann Stephens, 43-year-old former physical education teacher at the Mineola elementary and middle schools in Mineola, Texas , was arrested in January for an improper relationship with a student.

The sexual encounters between Stephens and a 15-year-old male student took place in May of 2008 at Lake Holbrook, in Mineola. DNA samples found in a truck links the student to the accused female teacher.

Jo Ann Stephens pleaded guilty in March 2011 Jo to one count of improper relationship with a student. Other charges were dismissed as part of the plea deal. In the end of April she was sentenced to 180 days in the Wood County Jail. he will also receive 10 years probation. If Stephens were to violate her parole, she would receive an additional 5 years confinement and would be held in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Insitutional Division.

Court documents allege Stephens had a relationship with the student for years, keeping in contact through text and phone conversations. Police say Stephens also provided the student with a cell phone, bought him candy, gifts, clothes and money.

Jo Ann Stephens, Mineola, Texas (udpated with sentencing)

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