Former Lamar Co. teacher charged with rape appears in court

Former Lamar Co. teacher charged with rape appears in court
Laura Hipp. Source: Lamar County Sheriff's Department

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A former Lamar County teacher appeared in court Tuesday after being charged with statutory rape.

Jenny Christine Hipp, a former speech pathologist for the district, had her bond set at $150,000 in court.

The judge also ordered a mental evaluation for the statutory rape charge.

Hipp was arrested Sunday afternoon by Jones County deputies at an undisclosed location on an arrest warrant from Lamar County, according to Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel.

Hipp was charged with one count of statutory rape in connection to allegations involving a student under the age of 16. She had been assigned to more than one school in the district, but none of the current allegations in the investigation occurred on school grounds, according to district officials.

Lamar County School District Superintendent Tess Smith released this statement regarding the investigation:

"I received a complaint on Thursday, June 15, 2017 and began an immediate investigation. When I received information Wednesday regarding possible criminal behavior, I contacted the Lamar County District Attorney's office. The employee has been terminated. We are cooperating fully with their ongoing investigation. Because of the ongoing criminal investigation, no other information can be given at this time."

Hipp was terminated by the district on Wednesday, June, 21, 2017, according to Lamar County School District officials.