E. Texas teacher charged with having improper relationship

Jo Ann Stephens. Photo Source: Wood County Jail.
Jo Ann Stephens. Photo Source: Wood County Jail.

MINEOLA, TX (KLTV) - A Mineola teacher has been charged with having an improper relationship with a student.

The Mineola Police Department arrested 43-year-old, Jo Ann Stephens on December 16, on charges of an improper relationship with a student. The student has since graduated from Mineola High School.

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

Stephens and the student reportedly were communicating by cell phone calls and text messages on a trac phone that she provided for the student.

Stephens has resigned as an elementary and middle school Physical Education teacher at Mineola ISD.

She has been released from jail on a $25,000 bond.

KLTV would like to talk with any parents of Mineola ISD students and get your thoughts on this situation. If you would like to talk to KLTV, please email us at news@kltv.com.

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