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A grand jury’s sealed indictment alleging that a teacher’s aide had an improper relationship with a student led to her arrest during the weekend.
Bethea Burchett Williams Merritt, 40, who worked at the Paris alternative school, was arrested on Friday after a grand jury issued a sealed indictment alleging she showed up drunk at a student’s house and had sex with a student.
The arrest warrant was based upon a complaint in early June alleging improper relations between an educator and a student – a second-degree felony complaint filed in Sixth State District Court.
The 5-foot-9, 129-pound Merritt was booked into the Lamar County Jail at 4:20 p.m. on Friday and was released 14 minutes later after making the $15,000 bond.
Curtis Garrett, public information officer for the Paris Police Department, said police responded to 304 calls over the 72-hour weekend, resulting in 16 arrests.
Johnny Dale Smith Jr., 27, of 448 SW 3rd St., was locked up in Lamar County Jail without bond on a charge of violation of parole.
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra