Rockdale, Texas (FOX 44/KWKT) — The Milam County Grand Jury has indicted a former Rockdale teacher on charges of Improper Relationship Between Educator/Student and Possession of Child Pornography.

Shawnee Despain is accused of having an improper relationship with a 17-year-old student. She turned herself into Rockdale Police earlier this month.

The allegations first surfaced in September of 2023 against Despain, who taught at Rockdale High School. The school district suspended Despain immediately and started an internal investigation.

Shawnee Despain

The Rockdale Police Department opened a criminal investigation and says the school district cooperated with it. Despain resigned from the school just a few days later.

According to Rockdale Police Chief Jerry Meadors, Despain faces one count of improper relationship between an educator and student and one count of possession of child pornography. She is in the Milam County Jail on a combined bond of $350,000.

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