Lynn Burge plea deal: Texas, Muenster High School teacher who had drunken sex with two teen students avoids jail along with having to register as sex offender.
A Texas teacher who admitted to having ‘drunken’ sex with two teen boys aged 16 and 18 will avoid jail time after agreeing to a plea deal.
Lynn Burge, 33, who taught at Muenster High School in Cooke County, received five years probation and a $2,500 fine for each crime.
As part of her plea, the female educator will also have to give up her teaching license. That said, the disgraced school teacher will not have to register as a sex offender, KXII reported.
Local media reported Burge pleading guilty to two counts of improper relationship between an educator and a student. Another count of online solicitation of a minor was dropped as part of the agreement.
‘Why can’t I remember anything?’
According to News 12, the pair went ‘backroading’ together before she took him to her home, where she allegedly performed oral sex on him.
They had also been drinking before they had sexual intercourse, according to the arrest warrants.
Investigators interviewed the teen who recalled going to the woman’s home to have sex.
The teen told authorities that Burge’s family wasn’t home at the time. Burge claimed she didn’t remember whether or not she had sex with the teen because she was
shit-faced highly intoxicated.
When asked by cops if she thought the two had sex, the woman replied: ‘I don’t know. I hope not. I don’t know. I didn’t think it did because my clothes were on. Usually if that happens your clothes aren’t on. I don’t know, I don’t know, I can’t remember anything,’ according to an arrest report.
Burge, who is married and has two children, is also accused of having sexual intercourse with an 18-year-old student.
The second incident reportedly occurred on Burge’s birthday in March 2018 while they were at her sister’s home.
That student told investigators that they had unprotected sex after they went backroading, according to the Gainesville Daily Register.
Burge was arrested after the Department of Family and Protective Services received an anonymous tip about her in September.
‘I’m getting help for my drinking woes’
Burge’s attorney, Rick Hagen told KXII: ‘From the beginning of this ordeal, Lynn took ownership of her mistakes, and her mistakes do not define who she is. How she’s responded to those mistakes does, and she’s responded in exactly the correct manner.’
Hagen claimed that the families of the boys had consented to the plea deal.
‘Families involved were consulted and they were incredibly humble and forgiving and that contributed to this result along with Lynn’s efforts at maintaining sobriety and seeking the counseling that she did,’ Hagen reiterated.
Hagen insisted alcohol had played a key factor in his clients actions and that Burge was now attending Alcohol Anonymous meetings.
‘These cases are always difficult. There are no excuses. Lynn is responsible. She made mistakes and she immediately accepted responsibility.’
He said that Burge was ‘incredibly remorseful, she is ashamed.’
Cooke County District Attorney John Warren said in a statement: ‘After consulting with the families of the victims and receiving their input, we believe that this is a just and appropriate plea.
‘The victims, in this case, will now be able to begin to put this behind them and move on with their lives.’
Burge had up to 50 years in prison if she was convicted on all counts. It remained unclear if the educator would’ve received the same plea deal terms had the gender of the victim and sexual predator been reversed.