Former Paris teacher's aide waived appearance in court

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PARIS, TX-- A former Paris teacher's aide, accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student, has pleaded not guilty.

The Lamar County District Clerks Office says, 40 year old Beth Merritt waived her right to appear in court Tuesday.

Merritt was arrested last month and charged with improper relations between and educator and a student. She is accused of showing up intoxicated at a students home in May. She's also accused of having sexual relations with a student.

The clerk's office says Merritt will have a plea hearing next month.