Trial set to conclude for former Permian High School teacher

Trial set to conclude for former Permian High School teacher

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Trial continues for former Permian High School Teacher Jay Dee Burns who pleaded guilty on Monday to four counts of an improper student teacher relationship, three counts of sexual assault of a minor, one count of indecency with a child and one count of stalking.

The prosecution team brought two former Permian High School students to the stand to testify about their involvement with the teacher. Both had short sexual relationships with the teacher after they graduated high school and were over the age of 18 at the time of the encounters.

An Odessa police detective also took the stand and talked about his involvement in the case. He served as lead investigator and met the victim at the hospital on March 31, when the first student admitted to her relationship with Burns. The detective wrote up warrants for Burns' apartment and his mother's house in Snyder, where they found a damaged laptop belonging to the teacher. On the laptop, the detective said they found portions of a letter that was typed and sent to one of the victims. The letter was brought forth in evidence and told the victim not to give up on the relationship and said he was "preparing a place" for her.

The prosecution rested their case around 9:30 Wednesday morning. The defense brought a childhood friend of Burns to the stand, who has known him since they were in youth group together.

More witnesses will take the stand at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

NewsWest 9's Chelsey Trahan will have more from the trial live on NewsWest 9 at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., and 6 p.m.

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