What one school district official calls a glitch, sheriff's investigators call a crime, arresting a school volunteer for perverted text messages she allegedly sent to a 10-year-old boy.
She normally would not have been allowed to volunteer at Adams Elementary School, but her background check slipped through the cracks.
On May 16, Johnson County sheriff's deputies arrested 40-year-old Jeannie Lynn Ledoux on suspicion of online solicitation of a minor. Investigators looked through more than 11,000 text messages between Ledoux and the victim, all sexual in nature, according to the arrest report.
In early May, the boy borrowed his mom's phone to start texting Ledoux.
Days later, the boy’s mom noticed he wasn't acting like himself, according to the police report. The mom took her cell phone back and found graphic messages, including one that said Ledoux loved the boy and would fight a 10-year-old girl for him.
In one case, Ledoux reportedly texted the boy that the “…reason for a condom is that so no diseases are contracted and so a girl doesn't get pregnant…” Records show she added that the boy had “…nothing to worry about because he hasn't gone through puberty yet."
On April 26, investigators believe Ledoux arranged for the boy to have sex with another minor who’s a relative of hers at the same school.
The boy texted that “…he didn't wear the condom and wanted to know if that was okay with Ledoux…"
Ledoux is a convicted felon, but the district's mandatory background check didn't show a 2011 drug charge.
"We don't know why,” said Lisa Magers, a Cleburne ISD spokeswoman. “We still do not know why. Again…glitch in the system, an error in inputting….we just do not know.
Cleburne ISD says it followed all protocol before allowing Ledoux to volunteer.
"When we ran that check, and we keep a log of every single person we run and if something flagged, and nothing came up,” said Magers.
The district will now sharpen its screening process by running multiple background checks on all volunteers throughout the year.
It's a violation of trust the district says won't slide.
"We just are going to be doing all we can to hopefully have this never, ever take place again,” said Magers. “It’s just a real hard thing.”
The district currently fingerprints teachers, but says not volunteers because they have to get it done in Dallas, and that would be inconvenient.
Ledoux remains in jail on a $25,000 bond. Because of Ledoux’s prior felony, she's on parole until 2023.
A sheriff’s office spokesman says her new charge violated that.
"It's just sick, you know,” said Hector Lares, an Adams Elementary School parent.
All four of Lares' kids have gone to Adams. As a volunteer who also works with kids, he says the allegations are upsetting.
"I always hear it on the news and some other towns, and now it's happening here,” he said. “It's just crazy."
KDFW FOX 4 400 N. Griffin Street Dallas, Texas 75202
Main Station Directory: (214) 720-4444 News Fax: (214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333