LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A former Hudson ISD kindergarten teacher who is accused of having sex with four high school students appeared in an Angelina County courtroom Tuesday to request a significant reduction in her bail amount.
Judge Paul White of the 159th Judicial District Court said he needs to review the arrest affidavits and bond conditions. White said he does not see the bond that high, but he is not sure how low it will go.
Robertson, who is still being held in the Angelina County Jail, is facing six second-degree felony improper relationship between educator and student and charges and six second-degree felony sexual assault of a child charges. Collectively, her bail amount has been set at $600,000.
During Tuesday's hearing, Robertson asked for each of her bond amounts to be dropped to $10,000 each. She also said that she would be willing to wear a GPS monitor and agree to avoid being around minors.
Robertson said when she was arrested 31 days ago, she had about $500 in the bank. She also admitted she had a driving while intoxicated case pending against her, and she was out on bond for the DWI charge when she was arrested in connection to the alleged sexual encounters she had with high school students.
Robertson said she no longer is leasing her apartment, but she can stay with her sister. She added that she did not know what the lease terms were with her sister, but she said her sister would let her stay there.
In the hearing, Robertson said when she was arrested on the improper relationship charge, she wasn't aware that there were arrest warrants out for her. She said she only knew that police needed to talk to her.
Robertson said she was arrested on a Saturday, but she planned on turning herself in on the next Monday.
Lufkin Police Department Detective Jamie Jenkins said they became involved once Hudson ISD police reached out to them.
When the Lufkin PD got involved with the case, there were four charges, but they heard there could be more, Jenkins said.
Jenkins said they had told Robertson's family that they were looking for her and were going to arrest her. The LPD detective said they had to do some chasing around to find her and eventually got her in a traffic stop.
Jenkins said Scott Tatum, Robertson's defense attorney, told him that Robertson planned on turning herself in on the following Monday and that Robertson never told him that.
The Lufkin PD detective agreed with the state's assertion that they were trying to get Robertson because they didn't want to take a chance.
Tatum said the bail amount violates the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution because it is oppressive. Tatum said if Robertson had time to turn herself in, she could have made arrangements to start the process of getting money from her retirement fund to meet the bond.
Todd Dillon, an assistant prosecutor with the Angelina County District Attorney's Office, said even releasing Robertson on a $600,000 bond for a case with child victims is questionable. He added the fact that she is a teacher makes it worse.
The state is also concerned that she does not have a permanent residence, Dillon said. He explained the state is also concerned that the combination of her teacher retirement fund and the fact that her parents live in Florida make her an international flight risk.
Each of the six improper relationship charges involves six different victims. Each of the sexual assault charges involve the same victims. Two of them said they had sex with her at the same time.
Hudson ISD police were able to file the improper relationship charges due to the allegations Robertson had sex with Hudson ISD students. Lufkin police were able to file the sexual assault charges due to the allegations Robertson had sex with underage boys in the city limits of Lufkin.