FORMER SNOOK EDUCATOR FOUND GUILTY OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

  

Deanna Lara
(Burleson Co. Jail)

A former Snook High School teacher's aide has been found guilty of sexually assaulting students.

Deanna Lara was found guilty on three counts of sexual assault and five counts of improper relationship between teacher and student.  The jury handed down the verdict just after 2 p.m. this (Wednesday) afternoon.

The punishment phase of the trial starts tomorrow (Thursday) at 9 a.m. The jury will decide her punishment. She could receive from 2-to-20 years on each count.

Lara was arrested in December for an improper relationship with a student, then later indicted on seven charges of improper relationship with a student and three charges of sexual assault of a child. Burleson County later dropped two of those initial charges.

The alleged incidents involve sexual contact with four students, some under the age of 17.

Lara resigned after the allegations in December. She is prohibited from returning to teaching.