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Lamar Co. superintendent responds to former teacher’s rape charge

Lamar County School District Superintendent Tess Smith responded this week to a statutory rape investigation of Jenny Christine Hipp, a former speech pathologist for the district.

Hipp was arrested Sunday, June 25, according to the Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel, and went before a judge Tuesday, June 27.

Hipp was charged with one count of statutory rape in connection to allegations involving a student under the age of 16. None of the allegations occurred on school grounds.

The judge ordered a mental evaluation for the statutory charge and set her bond at $150,000.

Tess Smith, Superintendent from the Lamar County School District released a statement regarding the investigation.

I received a complaint on Thursday, June 15, 2017 and began an immediate investigation. When I received information on Wednesday regarding possible criminal behavior, I contacted the Lamar County District Attorney’s office. The employee has been terminated from the LCSD. We are cooperating fully with the District Attorney’s ongoing investigation. Because of the ongoing criminal investigation, no other information can be given at this time.

Hipp was terminated by the school district on Wednesday, 21, 2017.

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