Former Area Teacher Pleads Guilty To Injury To A Child

Patricia Rush in court in 2011. (File photo)
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WACO (November 15, 2013) Former Hallsburg teacher Patricia Rush pleaded guilty Friday to injury to a child in an agreement between her lawyers and a prosecutor for the Texas Attorney General's Office that calls for Rush to spend eight years on deferred adjudication probation, pay a $2,000 fine and surrender her state teaching credentials.

The agreement also says Rush will not be required to register as a sex offender.

Deferred adjudication probation means if she successfully completes the term of her probation she'll not have a final conviction on her record.

She is set for sentencing on Jan. 13 at which time District Judge Ralph Strother can accept the sentencing agreement or alter it as he sees fit.

In December 2011 Rush was acquitted on 10 counts of an 18-count indictment that included aggravated sexual assault, indecency with a child and improper relationship between an educator and a student.

The jury reported it was deadlocked on the remaining eight counts, Alan Bennett, Rush's attorney, said at the time.

Bennett also said in subsequent weeks the state dismissed four of the remaining charges and Rush ultimately was charged only with two counts of aggravated sexual assault and two counts of improper relationship between an educator and a student remain.

The state, represented by Assistant Attorney General Lisa Hoing, had said it planned to retry Rush on the remaining counts.

The affidavit submitted for the original arrest warrant in 2007 said authorities started an investigation after a woman, who was not named, contacted the sheriff's office and told an investigator that her son, then 13, had been spending a lot of time with Rush and said she was concerned that the boy and Rush were "having a sexual relationship."