The Lee High teacher accused of selling alcohol to minors has been found guilty on four counts of buying alcohol for her students. She will appeal the case set for July 18.
Autumn Middleton, 31, Pennington Gap, received the guilty verdict during a bench trial last week. She received 60 days in jail, one year of probation for each charge which will run concurrently, 200 hours of community service and must pay approximately $180 in fines.
Virginia State Police Special Agent J.J. Kite told TimesNews that an investigation was opened when anonymous calls came into Lee High School, where Middleton was employed as a special education teacher, complaining that a teacher was providing alcohol to students. The Sheriff's Office soon contacted the VSP about the complaints.
Kite said alcohol was provided to three current students and to a former student who had graduated before Middleton became a teacher at the school last fall.
None of the alcohol was provided during school hours or on school grounds and Middleton was never paid to buy alcohol for the students but instead provided it willingly. Kite declined to say whether Middleton consumed the alcohol with the students.
Middleton was arrested in February without incident and charged with five counts. She was found guilty on four of them.
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