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story.lead_photo.caption Jessie Lorene Goline

A former teacher at a northeast Arkansas high school who had been accused of having sex with at least four students pleaded guilty to one charge Tuesday, according to court documents.

Jessie Lorene Goline, 26, of Jonesboro entered the plea to one count of sexual indecency with a child and was sentenced to 42 months of probation, records show. She also must register as a sex offender.

Goline was arrested in September. Though she told school officials that she had inappropriate sexual relationships with four students, only one was under the age of 18 at the time.

The former art teacher said she believed that student was 18 but later found him to be "way younger than what he had told her," the affidavit states.

The reported acts happened between January and April of 2016, authorities said.

The students — three from the Marked Tree School District and another from the East Poinsett County School District — said that they had texted Goline and that their conversations became more sexual over time.

One student was dropped off by a friend at Goline’s residence in Jonesboro, where the two had sexual intercourse, he said.

Another student, enrolled in Goline’s class, said the teacher picked him up one afternoon and took him to her apartment, where they had sex before she took him back home to Marked Tree later in the day.

Authorities said they learned that Goline had sex that same day with another student she had taken to her apartment.

The fourth victim was interviewed at Marked Tree High School and told an investigator that Goline commented on “how good he looked in class.” The teacher also reportedly sent the student a photo of herself wearing thong underwear.


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Arkansas Online reporter Brandon Riddle contributed to this report.


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  • eurekabae
    March 28, 2018 at 3:01 p.m.

    The saddest part of this story is that the teacher received probation..

    March 28, 2018 at 4:44 p.m.

    This is one of those situations if this was a MAN who had sex with female students there would have been an outrage....Why is it Ok for a female teacher to do this and get PROBATION???? Are you kidding me????

  • LR1955
    March 28, 2018 at 9:02 p.m.

    A factor in her sentence could have been her age. She looks 18-19.
    Then again there have been several female teachers w/ students and most of the female offenders got not much more than probation/fired. There was a female teacher at Mt St Mary’s and a female student. There was a LR Catholic High female substitute that was accused of inappropriate activity with a HS male student and their families were long time friends.
    Heck, a small town mayor resigned & was jailed today for a 3 yr relationship with a now 17 yr old girl. It’s all very freaky.

  • LR1955
    March 28, 2018 at 9:18 p.m.

    "Romeo and Juliet" exception in Arkansas

    Named after Shakespeare’s young lovers, “Romeo and Juliet” exceptions are intended to prevent serious criminal charges against teenagers who engage in consensual sex with others close to their own age. In Arkansas, there is a Romeo and Juliet exemption for consensual sex between minors who are close in age; and even when one party is a minor, but the defendant is fewer than seven (or ten) years older than the minor.

  • Hello2you
    March 29, 2018 at 11:10 a.m.

    So stupid! I hate the gender bias of this case! — any man who transported an underage female, had sex - 2 in the same day & admitted guilt — HE would have been thrown in jail for YEARS!
    Sick system!

  • GeneralMac
    March 29, 2018 at 11:23 a.m. are not taking into consideration that she was a teacher and the boys were students.

    I doubt Romeo And Juliette law applies to teacher/student relationships.

  • LR1955
    March 29, 2018 at 1:37 p.m.

    G’mac, I’m not condoning any activity by the students or teacher, just commenting on why she might have gotten probation.

  • Raffie
    March 29, 2018 at 4:01 p.m.

    When is the criminal justice system going to wake up to the FACT that what these women are doing to our young men IS A CRIME! Therefore these female predators should GO TO PRISON just like you do to male teachers that violate our female students.

    Unlike ostrich's our criminal justice system has it's head buried deep in the sand when it comes to female predators.

  • MS6321
    March 29, 2018 at 4:26 p.m.

    A gross miscarriage of justice with slight slap on the wrist due to the perpetrator being female, Caucasian and attractive.

  • 1961Feegis
    March 30, 2018 at 9:11 a.m.

    If she were a paper girl who threw the Democrat Gazette in driveways, the headline could be "D-G Paperlady accused of having sex...". Well, maybe this is different since she is a teacher and the others were students. I will say this, I figure the 4 students didn't need much persuading since they have probably been looking at porn on their phones since they were pre-teens. Kids these days.