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How Did She Keep Teaching Weeks After Indictment?

The alleged incidents happened in 2004 when Jennifer Bagley was a substitute teacher at Bullard High School, but the student didn't come forward until January of this year.

Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham says it took about four months for the sheriff's department to complete their investigation which he says is not unusual. Then, Bingham says it was was handed over to his office and presented to a grand jury two weeks later.

"We received the case, looked at it, got the evidence ready to go to the grand jury and took it down there. There was no delay whatsoever," says Bingham.

On May 3rd, an indictment was returned that says Bagley intentionally or knowingly engaged in deviant sexual intercourse with a female student enrolled at Bullard High School, but for nearly three more weeks, she continued working as a substitute in Tyler.

Angela Jenkins with TISD says, "The Smith County Sheriff's Office notified our human resources department on May 30th regarding the situation with Miss Bagley, and at that time, she was immediately removed from our system."

Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith says his department was not legally required to notify TISD, but did it as a courtesy. Smith says there was no way to notify them earlier for fear of jeopardizing the investigation.

The Texas Legislature recently passed a bill which allows teachers' certificates to be flagged if allegations arise against them. However, it would not have made a difference in this situation for two reasons.  First, Bullard ISD was not aware of the allegations until just a few days ago, so they would not have reported it.  Second, Bagley is not a certified teacher. There is no such protocol for substitutes.

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