POSTED: Friday, March 11, 2011 - 10:08pm
UPDATED: Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 6:47pm
WOOD COUNTY — Former Mineola teacher Joann Stephens pleaded guilty to one count of improper relationship between a student and a teacher Friday afternoon.
Stephens, 43, was indicted on five charges, and the other four were dropped. The assistant District Attorney says the charge is a second-degree felony, and Stephens faces two to 20 years in prison.
Stephens attorney, Dan Wyde, says he has mixed emotions to her plea. He says, "My client, she chose to enter a plea to one count, and I have to respect that. I'm sure she thought that was in her family's best interest at this point."
The student--who was allegedly younger than 17 years old when he was involved with Stephens--- has since graduated from high school.
Wyde says they will ask for probation for Stephens. Her sentencing date is set for April 27th.