Former JPS teacher found guilty of sex crimes against student

Former JPS teacher found guilty of sex crimes against student
Former JPS teacher found guilty of sex crimes with student (Source: WLBT)

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The former Jackson teacher accused of sexual battery of a 17-year-old student has been found guilty Thursday.

Amber Turnage, who claimed she was controlled by the student, was taken into custody after a judge issued the verdict.

The attorney in the case issued a statement on behalf of the victim’s family:

“Despite having taken nearly four years to present this case, my clients are pleased that a Hinds County jury found Amber Turnage guilty of two counts of sexual battery against a minor. My clients are especially grateful for the efforts of Hinds County Assistant District Attorney, Gwen Agho. Today’s conviction reaffirms the notion that child predators deserve the shock and outrage which accompany their despicable acts and in a civilized society, these acts must always be met with the severest punishment. Going forward, my clients ask for privacy as they continue to heal from these permanent, traumatic experiences.”
Attorney Warren L. Martin, Jr.

An investigation was launched after the victim’s father found sexual videos of Turnage and his son.

The student said his teacher at the time gave him gift cards, money and even said they would sometimes go to different motels in Jackson.

The teacher was fired from Jackson Public Schools after two years with Provine High School.

Sentencing for Turnage will be at a later date.

She was found guilty on two of the six sexual battery charges against her.

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