NECHES, Texas (KETK) – The principal of Neches Elementary School has been indicted on charges that she interfered with an investigation of a sexual assault of a minor.
An Anderson County grand jury who heard findings from the sheriff’s department determined that there was enough evidence to bring criminal charges against Kimberlyn Snider.
She turned herself in to sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday and was booked into the Anderson County Jail on tampering/fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair, which is a felony, and five counts of official oppression, each count is a misdemeanor.
The charges against Snider do not specify what she is alleged to have done that may have interfered with this investigation.
She posted bail and was released from jail.
Sheriff Rudy Flores said sheriff’s investigators were looking into the possible abuse of a child when Snider took actions that led to charges being brought against her.
The investigation into sexual assault of a minor is ongoing, Flores said. Because the case remains under investigation, he declined to provide more information.
Authorities are not saying at this time whether the minor in question was a student at the elementary school.
Kelli Karczewski, the attorney who represents the school district, said the school district was made aware on Tuesday that Snider was indicted by an Anderson County grand jury.
“The charges came as a surprise to Mrs. Snider and to the NISD administration, who were unaware that an investigation was ongoing,” she told KETK. “Mrs. Snider’s service to the district has been longstanding and commendable.
“The administration, including Mrs. Snider, is cooperating with law enforcement and feel optimistic that with clarification the matter will be resolved expeditiously and without disruption to the educational environment of NISD students,” she continued. “Mrs. Snider remains in her position as principal of Neches Elementary.”
Snider has been the principal at the school for several years. Her husband, Randy Snider, is the Neches ISD superintendent.
Anderson County District Attorney Allyson Mitchell said that Snider will soon be brought before a judge to formally enter a plea but did not know if that hearing had yet been scheduled.
She said it would be inappropriate for her to comment on the case. The district attorney’s office is in charge of prosecuting Snider.
Justin Roberts with Roberts and Roberts Law Firm explained what these criminal charges could mean for Snider.
“One charge of tampering with the evidence that’s a felony charge. That gets you two to ten years in prison. The other chargers are those official oppression charges. She has five of those. Those are each up to a year, so she’s looking total at a maximum of 15 years in prison for all of these charges together,” said Roberts.
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