On Thursday, Hinds County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant Jeffrey Scott said the following regarding educators at Green Elementary School in Jackson:
"I can confirm that one teacher has been indicted on two counts of gratification of lust from incidents that occurred in early October. Additionally, two teachers at that elementary school have been charged as well for failure to report."
But as of Friday afternoon, those indictments had not yet been served. And comments Friday from Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith make it unclear whether charges are certain.
"We have an investigation done by the district with law enforcement, and this is information we rely upon. This investigation did not find any wrongdoing. This investigation did not get into the hands of the sheriff's department, which in turn did not get into our hands, but it's in my hands now and I'm obligated to look at all of the findings," he says.
Smith says the documents he holds from the JPS investigation are dated October 26. He didn't see them until Friday morning. He says it appears from the documents that the JPS internal investigation is over.
But further complicating matters, Jackson Public Schools attorney JoAnne Shepherd suggests their investigation is not over, stating, "The district is in the process of gathering information regarding this matter. Until we learn more about the facts and circumstances, we will have no further comment."
Smith says law enforcement should not be making information on indictments public until they are actually served.
We asked Smith whether indictments will be served at all. "I cannot comment as to the merits of the investigation at this time," he says.
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