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Judge refuses to sentence teacher who had sex with student after declaring herself innocent on Facebook

By Mason White 11:11 AM July 25, 2014
Jennifer McNeill 

By: Aarav Sen
A woman’s Facebook post has gotten her into trouble.

40-year-old Jennifer McNeill, was arrested and charged with six counts of second-degree rape and two counts of sodomy.

The former teacher in Alabama, pleaded guilty after she admitted to having sex with a 14-year-old boy at least six times. She also had oral sex with him twice, court records show.

After pleading guilty as part of a deal with prosecutors, McNeill took to Facebook to proclaim her innocence. She reportedly wrote: “If I were guilty and if there were any evidence then I would be in jail right now. The plea was the best decision for my family.”

Prosecutors showed the message to the judge during a court hearing. The judge then demanded an explanation.

McNeill’s attorney, Angie Collins, said that she denied posting the message and claimed that other family members had access to her Facebook account.

At that point, Chilton County Circuit Judge John Bush, refused to accept the guilty plea, saying that he will not sentence an innocent person and that if she felt she was innocent, the court will be happy to go to trial.