Ex-teacher's sentencing postponed
by PHILLIP WILLIAMS
Mar 07, 2013 | 1036 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The sentencing of a former Harmony High School substitute teacher who pled guilty to improper relationship between educator and student has been postponed to an unspecified date, but will occur “very soon,” Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd said Monday.

Judy Lynn Langford, 36, of Big Sandy, was scheduled to be sentenced last Thursday in 115th District Court, where she pled guilty Feb. 8 to having sexual relations with a 15-year-old boy. Byrd said the sentencing was postponed by agreement of state and defense attorneys, but declined to discuss why.

115th District Judge Lauren Parish accepted Mrs. Langford’s plea to the Nov. 29, 2011 felony crime, which is punishable by a prison term .The case had been scheduled for a jury trial Feb. 11.

Byrd said the sentencing was delayed the first time only “because I’m in the process of finalizing some reports” from forensic psychiatrists who the state hired to study Mrs. Langford’s background. Byrd said he wanted to enter those reports—which concern her life history before the case—into the record at sentencing.

Mrs. Langford, who is married and no longer works for the school district, has remained free on $60,000 bond and is banned from Harmony ISD property, except to pick up her children from school, Byrd said. An Upshur County Grand Jury indicted her last Aug. 8 before her arrest, he said.

Longview attorney Edward Choy, who until recently was an assistant district attorney under Byrd, represents the defendant.
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