Video released after second educator convicted of unlawful restraint

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BONHAM, Texas -- Prosecutors release the video that led to the conviction of two former Texoma educators accused of abusing a special needs student.

Footage from a hidden camera shows a former Bonham ISD teacher walking into a classroom with a 10-year-old special needs student saying, "Y'all don't have a camera in here, do ya?"

The camera she didn't know about at the time, was set up in a Bonham ISD classroom, in May 2013, after teachers noticed money was frequently missing from their purses.

"I'm so sick of you," she says to the child.

The camera was supposed to help teachers identify the thief, but it captured much more. During the 45 minute video, prosecutors say you can see two educators abusing the student, using illegal restraints, twisting his arms and legs, taking him to the ground, and even striking him in the face.

"Hit me again," the teacher's aid taunts, "you hit me again, I'm gonna take you down hard. I'm gonna make you cry."

"This case would have never come to trial if that secret video hadn't been there. Nobody would have believed those children. Because of, they were children versus teachers," said Fannin County District Attorney Richard Glaser.

A jury convicted the female teacher in the video, Adriane Connerley, of unlawful restraint and wreckless injury to a child in October. She's sentenced to four years probation.

At the time the video was captured, Brent Johnson was a teacher's aide for Fannin County's Special Ed Co-Op. He will now serve five years probation, after a jury acquitted him of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and found him guilty of unlawful restraint on Wednesday.

Jurors had words for him, that brought him to tears in the courtroom.

"They wanted to express to him, not only encouragement of going forward on his probation, but also an understanding of the situation he faced and what he got caught up in," said his attorney Don Hoover.

Jurors told him they believed he's a good man, and they'll be praying for him.

But in closing arguments, prosecutors disagreed, "He's the weakest among us," said James Moss, referring the child shown in the video.

In one part of the video, Connerley is heard telling the boy, "There ain't enough Jesus to fix you, buddy."

Glaser says they will continue to "vigorously prosecute people that abuse children in Fannin County."

Prosecutors say the video also shows Connerley stealing money out of a purse. She pleaded guilty to a theft charge in October.



 
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