Osceola, Arkansas -
OSCEOLA, AR (News release) - Scott Ellington, Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, has filed additional felony charges against a former Osceola High School math teacher arrested in January accused of inappropriate sexual contact with male students.
In addition to the original four counts of first degree sexual assault, Ellington charged Jacqueline Nicole Winberry, 28, of Paragould, in Mississippi County Circuit Court with three counts of transportation of minors for prohibited sexual conduct. All of the charges are class A felonies, punishable by six to 30 years in prison and a fine up to $15,000.
Winberry appeared in circuit court at Osceola Friday with her attorney, Bill W. Bristow of Jonesboro. Circuit Judge Victor Hill of West Memphis scheduled a pretrial date of April 1 and set trial for April 14-17.
The state is represented by Ellington and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Catherine Palmer of Osceola.
Winberry, then an Osceola High School math teacher, was arrested by Arkansas State Police Special Agent Allen Earnhart on January 16 following a joint investigation between the ASP, Osceola Police Department, and the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division. The investigation began after the Child Abuse Hotline received a report that Winberry had engaged in sexual contact with at least one male student.