LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Friends and family of Melissa Williams described the former Huntington ISD teacher as a good person that was working hard to get her life back on track after being convicted in 2008 for having an improper relationship with a 17 year-old.
Williams was given probation, but turned herself in last month after allegedly violating her probation terms. In Wednesday's probation hearing, Lisa page, a supervision officer for adult division of Angelina County, argued that there was enough evidence to revoke her probation. Those little things included accessing the Internet without supervision, possession of pornography, having direct contact with a child under 17 without supervision, possession of alcohol and association with a known felon. But perhaps the biggest issue was the failure of three separate polygraphs while taking classes at a rehab counseling center in the Houston area.
Page said "there were a lot of little things that just added up"
Page's statements were counter by Williams' current probation officer in Montgomery County, Chad Alonzo.
"She has had no problems in the last year… she's not a threat to the local community. She's in the top 10 percent of all the people I am assigned to."
In her own defense, Williams argued that she had made some mistakes since being on probation but they were minor offenses and she took the proper action and reported them to her probation officer. She also said that the counseling classes have helped and she would go back if allowed.
The hearing will resume at 10 A.M. on Thursday, when a polygraph examiner will take the stand. After that Judge Barry Bryan is expected to make a decision.