Former Osceola teacher pleads guilty to sexual assault

Former Osceola teacher pleads guilty to sexual assault

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A former Osceola High School teacher has pleaded guilty to engaging in deviate sexual activity with a student.

Jacqueline Nicole Winberry of Paragould entered a guilty plea to one felony count of sexual assault Monday in Mississippi County Circuit Court.

That is according to Mississippi County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Catherine Dean of Osceola.

Winberry was sentenced to 10 years of probation and ordered to register as a sex offender.

She also surrendered her license to teach.

Dean said that Winberry's sentence is within sentencing guidelines established by the Arkansas Sentencing Commission.

Dean also said there was no indication that Winberry's offenses involved any threats or violence.

She said the plea agreement spared the victims, who are all adults now, the embarrassment of publicly testifying in court.

Winberry was originally charged with four counts of first degree sexual assault.

She resigned from her position at Osceola High School in January 2014.

The Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline and the Osceola Police Department were contacted after text messages were found that supported students' allegations against Winberry.

Copyright 2015 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android