Former Petal teacher accused of sexual battery to go to trial

A former Petal school teacher accused of sexual battery on a 16-year-old student will go on trial in November.

Loni Marie Folks, 24, was a fifth-grade teacher at W.L. Smith Elementary School at the time of her arrest on January 25.

Folks is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old male student. Folks remains free on $30,000 bond. If convicted, she faces up to 30 years in prison.