Two former South Mississippi school teachers have been indicted in unrelated cases on charges they were in a position of trust when they each had sexual relations with a different student.
Indictments show the students in both cases were girls between the ages of 14 and 16 when the alleged sexual activity began.
Leslie Danielle Dewitt, a girls basketball coach and special education teacher, faces prosecution in Hancock County Circuit Court. A grand jury indicted her Tuesday on two counts of sexual battery and three counts of touching a child for lustful purposes.
The acts allegedly involved a girl Dewitt coached while she was assistant coach of the Hancock High Lady Hawks basketball team.
Dewitt had sexual relations with the girl between Dec. 1, 2009, and July 30, 2010, the indictment said, and on one occasion used a sex toy.
Sixteen is the age of legal consent for sex in Mississippi, but if the older person is 36 months or more older and in a position of trust, the legal age is 18.
Hancock County sheriff's investigators arrested Dewitt in May. Weeks later, the Pearl River County Sheriff's Office arrested her on a touching charge that allegedly involved a girl who was a student while Dewitt was the girls' basketball coach at Pearl River Central High.
A Pearl River County grand jury this week found insufficient evidence to indict Dewitt.
She is free on bond.
In the other case, former Hancock High drama and English teacher Hiram "Jay" Coker, 43, has been indicted on charges involving one girl in Hancock and Harrison counties.
Coker faces three counts of sexual battery.
The charge in Harrison County alleges illegal sexual activity on March 10, 2012.
The two counts in Hancock County allege the sexual activity occurred in May 2012 and between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30, 2012.
Coker is held at the Hancock County jail.