ABILENE, Texas – A Taylor County grand jury has indicted 31-year-old former Abilene High School teacher Breanne Brown on a charge of second-degree felony sexual assault of a child.
A second-degree-felony is punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Probation is also possible.
Brown resigned from Abilene ISD in January. That’s when she was arrested for second-degree felony sexual assault.
According to Abilene police, Brown had sex with a 16-year-old boy on at least 10 different occasions.
Brown’s case led to the resignation of former Abilene ISD Superintendent Heath Burns, who pleaded guilty in August to a charge of failure to report child abuse by a professional and possession of a controlled substance by fraud.
Burns was sentenced to three years of probation, ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and instructed to turn over his Texas educator certificate.
Burns resigned suddenly in February after he was criticized for the district’s handling of cases involving alleged improper relationships between educators and students.
In September 30-year-old Michael Trook, a former dean with Abilene ISD, pleaded guilty to one count of improper relationship between a teacher and a student.
He was originally charged with two counts, but the state waived one in the plea deal.
Trook was sentenced to 15 days in jail and 10 years of deferred adjudication probation.
He also had to permanently surrender his teaching certificate and had to pay a $2,500 fine.
Trook was indicted in April.
According to a complaint filed with the district attorney’s office the charges stemmed from a sexual relationship, Trook had with a 17-year-old female student in his office at Holland Medical School around Dec. 10, 2014.
In September Abilene High School Principal Jennifer Raney was reassigned to the Curriculum Department in the AISD administration building.
According to a news release from Superintendent David Young, Raney was moved temporarily while the district proceeds with an internal review of the “events that happened last school year.”
Also in September, AISD Associate Superintendent for Legal and Human Resources Mark Neal was named a suspect in an investigation by the Taylor County District Attorney’s Office related to the handling of an improper relationship between a student and a teacher, according to Abilene police.