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Jessie Haynes surrenders in Hardin County on Class B obstruction warrant
HARDIN COUNTY - Fox 4 has learned Jessie Haynes has surrendered at the Hardin County Jail and was released after posting $250 bond on a Class B Misdemeanor warrant out of Jefferson County for obstruction.
Kenny Davenport with the Hardin County Sheriff's Office told Fox 4 Haynes surrendered late Friday morning. A judge preset her bond at $250. She was processed at the jail and released within an hour.
If convicted, she could face up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000.
As Fox 4 first reported Monday, the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office filed a criminal case against Haynes. District Attorney Tom Maness told us that Monday morning his office filed a Class B Misdemeanor charge against Haynes, the BISD Special Assistant to the Superintendent for Communications, as a result of actions following the August 1 board meeting.
"As a result of an investigation submitted by the Beaumont Independent School District, a case was filed charging Jessie Haynes with Obstructing a Public Passageway," Maness told Fox 4. "This is Section 42.03 of the Texas Penal Code. It's a Class B Misdemeanor. If convicted, Haynes could face up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000.
Administrators in the D.A.'s office tell Fox 4 that procedure calls for an arrest warrant to be issued but Haynes will be allowed to make arrangements to voluntarily surrender at the jail.
Fox 4 left a text message on Haynes' cell phone, seeking comment on the charge. We're waiting to hear back from her.
BISD attorney Melody Chappell told Fox 4 she has no comment and neither did the district.
Board president Woodrow Reese told Fox 4 he'd have to "see what's going on" before commenting.
Superintendent Dr. Timothy Chargois placed Haynes on paid administrative leave August 5 while the investigation was underway.
She's accused of blocking a door following the school board meeting August 1 to prevent journalist Jerry Jordan from entering a room where the school district attorney, Melody Chappell, was answering questions.
Trustee Mike Neil tried to find out why Jordan wasn't allowed in. Haynes is accused of blocking the door and there was contact between Neil and Haynes.
Municipal Court will determine whether to pursue a case against Neil for Class C Misdemeanor assault. If convicted, the charge is punishable by up to a $500 fine but no jail time.