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KFDM News has learned D.A.'s office files Class B Misdemeanor obstruction charge against BISD's Jessie Haynes
BEAUMONT - by Scott Lawrence
KFDM News has learned the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office has filed a criminal case against BISD's Jessie Haynes.
Stay with KFDM News and kfdm.com for the latest on the story.
District Attorney Tom Maness tells KFDM News that Monday morning his office filed a Class B Misdemeanor charge against Haynes, the BISD Special Assistant to the Superintendent for Communications, as a result of actions following the August 1 board meeting.
"As a result of an investigation submitted by the Beaumont Independent School District, a case was filed charging Jessie Haynes with Obstructing a Public Passageway," Maness told KFDM. "This is Section 42.03 of the Texas Penal Code. It's a Class B Misdemeanor. If convicted, Haynes could face up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000.
Administrators in the D.A.'s office tell KFDM News that procedure calls for an arrest warrant to be issued but Haynes will be allowed to make arrangements to voluntarily surrender at the jail.
KFDM News left a text message on Haynes' cell phone, seeking comment on the charge. We're waiting to hear back from her.
BISD attorney Melody Chappell told KFDM News she has no comment and we're waiting to see if BISD offers a comment.
Board president Woodrow Reese told KFDM News he'd have to "see what's going on" before commenting.
Superintendent Dr. Timothy Chargois placed Haynes on paid administrative leave August 5 while the investigation was underway.
She's accused of blocking a door following the school board meeting August 1 to prevent journalist Jerry Jordan from entering a room where the school district attorney, Melody Chappell, was answering questions.
Trustee Mike Neil tried to find out why Jordan wasn't allowed in. Haynes is accused of blocking the door and there was contact between Neil and Haynes.
Municipal Court will determine whether to pursue a case againt Neil for Class C Misdemeanor assault. If convicted, the charge is punishable by up to a $500 fine but no jail time.