The Orange County Grand Jury has returned six indictments against 39 year old Jennifer Lea Burton. Three indictments charge her with sexual assault and three indictments for improper relationship between educator and student. All of the indictments contain multiple counts. Both sexual assault and improper relationship between an educator and student are 2nd degree felony offenses with a range of punishment from two years probation to twenty years in prison and a fine of $10,000.00 for each count.

The indictments cover a period from September 2008 through November 2008. Burton was a teacher/coach at Orangefield Junior High School and the victim was a student of that school.

Bond has been set at $15,000 for each of the Sexual Assault indictments and $10,000 for each of the improper relationship between educator and student indictments. The case has not yet been assigned to a State District Court, so no trial schedule has been established.

Orangefield Superintendent Philip Welch released this statement, “The entire school community is shocked and saddened to learn that a professional teacher might be involved in any crime against a child. School district personnel will continue their focus on maintaining a safe school environment for our students.”

Burton was placed on leave from the school last week after the school district was notified of the ongoing investigation. The school district will consider action to be taken against Burton’s contract next week at a special board meeting next week.

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