By BOB PALMER
Jimplecute News Editor
JEFFERSON – Shannon Griffin, a former Jefferson High School teacher, judicially confessed to a charge of “improper relationship between an educator and student” on March 24 in 115th Judicial District Court.
Judge Dean Fowler sentenced Griffin, 48, to ten years deferred adjudication probation, a $5,000 fine and $380 in court costs.
Griffin was accused of having sex with a Jefferson High School student in 2018.
The indictment by the Marion County Grand Jury read: “Shannon Lynn Griffin, on or about the 1st day of November, 2018, and before the presentment of this indictment, in said County and State, did then and there, while the defendant was an employee of a public secondary school, to-wit: Jefferson High School, intentionally or knowingly engage in sexual intercourse with John Doe #96, a person who was enrolled in the said Jefferson High School and who was not the defendant’s spouse.”
John Doe #96 was also identified as the sexual partner of a Marshall ISD substitute teacher, Heather Elizabeth Johnson, 27. Johnson is under indictment in Marion County on an improper relationship charge.
Deferred adjudication allows the judge to not find the defendant guilty at the time of the hearing, but set the terms of probation and the penalty if the defendant fails to comply.
Under the terms of her probation, if Griffin commits any offense, she faces the possibility of being sent to prison. She must also submit to regular drug and alcohol tests and attend Alcohol Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
Griffin must also surrender her teacher’s certificate. She is not allowed to have contact with the former student or his family.
The former educator must also complete community service hours or face the possibility of being found guilty of the charge and sent to jail.
If Griffin does complete her 10 years probationary period, the charge will be dropped and removed from her record.
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