Former Magnolia Teacher Charged with Sexual Assault

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A former teacher at Magnolia High School now faces allegations that she sexually assaulted a number of students.

Lisa Minchew was arrested Wednesday morning on three counts of sexual assault of a child. The 28-year-old was the subject of a six-month investigation by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. Her bond is set at $25,000 for each charge.

Minchew was fired by the school district back in March after what Superintendent Michael Holland deemed appropriate action based on allegations brought to the district. Holland would not elaborate, saying it involved personnel matters and student confidentiality.

"Ms Minchew is no longer an employee of the district," said Holland in a prepared statement. "Her contract was terminated at the March 26, 2006 board meeting. This issue involves matters of personnel privacy and student confidentiality, and as always, MISD remains committed to the welfare of its students and staff."

Holland also added that Minchew, an art teacher, was placed on administrative leave prior to her March firing while the district conducted its investigation. Her employment at Magnolia ISD began in August 2005.

The victims in the current three charges are between 14- and 16-years-old. The sheriff's office said at least one complaint of sexual assault was brought by a student's mother, and that not all the students allegedly assaulted were in Minchew's classes.

Outside of the three current charges, authorities are also investigating other similar allegations against Minchew.

Minchew's husband is also a former employee at the district. He left early in the spring after teaching and coaching at the high school. Holland said he left to pursue other job opportunities.