Former Hallsburg ISD teacher sentenced to 8 years probation

McLennan County Jail
POSTED: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 11:41am
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 10:10pm

A former Hallsburg ISD teacher has been sentenced to eight years deferred adjudication in exchange of pleading guilty to having an improper sexual relationship with a 13-year-old sixth grade student back in 2006 and 2007.

Patricia Rush pleaded guilty to the charges back in November, which in exchange will also not require her to register as a sex offender. The eight remaining counts against Rush have now been dismissed.

16 charges were filed against Rush in 2007, when she was arrested, but those charges were reportedly later dropped in 2009. In the original affidavit, it states Rush said she had fantasies about having sex with the victim. And, according the student, Rush put the victims hand on her breasts three separate times while at school. The student said he held hands with Rush and they hugged frequently.

Rush was indicted in 2011, on 18 counts of having an improper relationship with a student by the Attorney General's Office. Following her trial, Rush was acquitted on ten of the 18 counts against her. The jury could not reach an agreement on the other eight counts, leaving the judge to declare a mistrial.

In addition to her probation, Rush has also been ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and serve community service.

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