Former Diboll coach subject of indictments

Jo Ann Stephens mug shot courtesy of Wood County Jail.
Jo Ann Stephens mug shot courtesy of Wood County Jail.

MINEOLA, TX (RAYCOM NEWS NETWORK) - A Wood County Grand Jury has indicted a former Mineola school teacher and former Diboll girls basketball coach on charges relating to her alleged inappropriate relationship with a child.

Jo Ann Stephens was indicted on five counts; including two counts of Sexual Assault of a child, two counts of Inappropriate Relationship with a child and one count of Online Solicitation.

Each indictment carries a $25,000 bond.

According to Captain Box, JoAnn is supposed to turn herself in to the Wood County Sheriff's Office by Thursday morning.

Stephens served at Diboll ISD as the girls basketball coach during the 1990s, leading them to an undefeated season in district play in the 1994-95 season.

The alleged incident took place between Stephens and a 15-year-old male student, in May of 2008 at Lake Holbrook, in Mineola. DNA found in a truck links the student to the accused teacher.

Stephens and the student reportedly were communicating by cell phone calls and text messages on a trac phone that she provided for the student.

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