Maurna Thornton, 40, of Hornbeck, plead guilty to carnal knowledge of  a juvenile May 7 and will be sentenced by Division B Judge John Ford on Thursday, July 31.
Thornton, a former teacher at Hornbeck High School, was arrested on April 30, 2007 and charged with once count felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
The arrest came after an investigation into allegations of misconduct between her and a 14-year-old male, juvenile student.
Thornton was on sabbatical leave when the investigation began and after charges were filed against her she did not return back to the classroom.
Vernon Parish Superintendent Dr. Cindy Gillespie received a complaint from the victim’s parents about one week prior to Thornton’s arrest. Gillespie met with the parents of the victim and after the student’s parents told her what they believed had occurred between Thornton and their son, Gillespie advised them to go to the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office and file a report.
At the completion of the investigation, Thornton was arrested and booked into the Vernon Parish Jail, she posted a bond of $25,000 and was released.
Thornton resigned her position at Hornbeck High School on Aug. 6, 2007. She had been an employee of the Vernon Parish School Board for more than 10 years.
“I’m relieved that this is going to be settled for everyone involved,” said Gillespie. “When teachers cross the line something has to be done.”