Bond set for Lamar County teacher charged with statutory rape

Jenny Christine Hipps, 38, charged with statutory rape

LAMAR COUNTY, Miss. (WHLT) — A Lamar County School District Speech-Language Pathologist who was charged with statutory rape appeared in front of a Lamar County Justice Court judge Tuesday morning.

Jenny Christine Hipp, 38, bond was set at $150,000. The judge order that she must also go through mental evaluation for the charge.

Hipp was arrested Sunday afternoon after Lamar County deputies found out she was in Jones County. According to Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel, they issued a warrant to Jones County and then deputies arrested Hipp.

Lamar County School District Superintendent Tess Smith released the following statement:

“I received a complaint on Thursday, June 15, 2017 and began an immediate investigation. When I received information Wednesday, June 21, 2017 regarding possible criminal behavior, I contacted the Lamar County District Attorney’s office. The employee has been terminated. We are cooperating fully with their ongoing investigation. Because of the ongoing criminal investigation, no other information can be given at this time.”

Sheriff Rigel says that no alleged sexual activities took place on school grounds.

She is currently booked in the Lamar County jail, and the investigation in ongoing.

She will appear in front of Lamar County Justice Court Tuesday morning where her bond will be set, according to Sheriff Rigel.


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