HPSD Teacher pleads not guilty to federal charges

HPSD Teacher pleads not guilty to federal charges
Shalonda Hill

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg Public School District teacher who is currently on administrative leave made an appearance in federal court Wednesday.

Shalonda Hill appeared before Magistrate Judge Michael Parker for her initial appearance and arraignment where she plead not guilty in connection with a multi-count federal indictment.

Hill who is a third grade teacher at Rowan Elementary is charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering and engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from unlawful activity and was taken into custody last Wednesday.

FBI, DEA, IRS and MBN agents arrested Fredrick Booth, Chris Booth, and Shalonda Hill after serving multiple high-risk warrants.

Fredrick and Chris were arrested at a Bassfield residence, and Hill was taken into custody at a Hattiesburg residence.

Agents recovered 18 kilos of cocaine along with $1.1 million in cash from the Bassfield residence.

According to Hattiesburg Public School District Public Relation Director Jas N Smith the incident involving Shalonda Hill is a personnel matter. According to Smith, the district is cooperating with the agencies involved, and that Hill has been placed on administrative leave until the outcome of the investigation is known.