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DA's office files charges against BISD communications Director Jessie Haynes

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The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office has filed charges against Beaumont Independent School District Special Assistant for Communications Jessie Haynes. 

Assistant Criminal District Attorney Ramon Rodriguez confirmed to 12News that Haynes is charged with obstructing a public passageway.  The charge is a class B misdemeanor and is punishable with up to 180 days in jail and a fine not to exceed $2,000.

Now that a charge has been filed, an arrest warrant will be issued by a district judge or a justice of the peace.

See surveillance video of the incident

The investigation began after BISD board member Mike Neil filed a complaint with the Beaumont ISD police department.  He said Haynes tried to block Neil and a reporter from entering a room where a news conference was held.

Haynes has also filed a complaint stemming from the incident. Haynes claims she was hurt by Neil and filed a complaint with BISD police citing offensive touching which is a Class C Misdemeanor.  BISD police have forwarded the complaint to Beaumont's municipal court.  It will be up to city prosecutors to decide if charges will be pursued.

BISD Superintendent Timothy Chargois placed Haynes on paid administrative leave following the August 1, 2013 incident.

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