CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, Ark. – A former high school teacher in Arkansas is accused of sleeping with four different students — two of them in the same night — stood before a judge Wednesday.
Former high school teacher faces sexual assault charge
Jessie Lorene Goline, 25, (pictured) faces one count of first-degree sexual assault, Arkansas Online reported.
Four students reportedly had sex with Goline. Of the students, three were from the Marked Tree School District and one from East Poinsett County School District. She was a teacher at Marked Tree High School, from January to April 2016, according to Arkansas Online.
Goline reportedly contacted the students via text message, which, according to court documents, “became more and more sexual in nature.”
One of the students stated Goline texted him and asked him to go to her apartment, where they later had sexual intercourse.
Another student said Goline picked him up in Marked Tree, and then drove him to her apartment in Jonesboro, where they had sex twice, KAIT-TV reported. That student told authorities that another student also visited Goline’s apartment that same night.
A third student told Arkansas State Police that Goline sent him sexually explicit texts, including a photo of herself wearing a thong. The student said Goline commented on “how good he looked in class,” and “texted him that she would like to have sex with him but he was too young.”
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Goline told authorities that she had sexual relations with four students, according to Arkansas Online, but believed one of them was 18, when he was “way younger than what he had told her.”
Marked Tree Police Department
Marked Tree police began investigating Goline in April when a parent threatened to come to the school and “do bodily harm” to her. The parent also reportedly said Goline was having sex with multiple students.
Meeting in principal’s office
Court documents stated that Goline went to Principal Matt Wright’s office crying, while he was in the midst of reporting the situation to the Arkansas Crimes Against Children hotline.
When Wright asked if she had any inappropriate contact with students, Goline allegedly said, “I’m not going to lose my husband,” but added, “We had sex.”
Arkansas State Police
After learning that the alleged acts had taken place in Craighead County rather than Poinsett County, District Attorney Scott Ellington requested the Arkansas State Police to conduct an investigation.
Booking and prosecution
Goline was booked at the Craighead County Detention Center Wednesday afternoon on a $5,000 bond. KAIT-TV reported she was released from custody later in the afternoon. Her next court appearance will be Oct. 31.
The former teacher faces a Class A felony, which means a 10 to 40 year, or life, exposure in prison if convicted.
Prosecutors, citing Paschal v. State 2012 Ark. 127, said the single charge was filed because only one of the students was under the age of 18 at the time.
(Photo: Craighead County Sheriff’s Office)