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Former Mount St. Mary teacher jailed for violating order in sex abuse case, probation revoked

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KELLY O'ROURKE: In photo Monday at Pulaski jail.
  • KELLY O'ROURKE: In photo Monday at Pulaski jail.
Circuit Judge Barry Sims today sent former Mount St. Mary Academy teacher Kelly O'Rourke to jail  for violating a no-contact order he issued when he gave her a probationary sentence for sexually assaulting a former student.

O'Rourke had been ordered to serve 120 days of a 15 -year sentence, but got a reduction on those days for good-time credit. She'll now remain jailed until a new sentencing hearing Oct. 28. The bond she received when probation revocation was sought was revoked, a court spokesman said. CORRECTION: My original report misstated the terms of the original sentence, putting it at 120 days rather than saying that was the actual time to be served.

There was no testimony today except O'Rourke's brief acknowledgement that she'd made calls to the former student. The prosecution was prepared with tape recordings of O'Rourke's phone calls from jail. She pleaded guilty to the underlying charge in January. In addition to the suspended 15-year sentence, she was fined $5,000 and ordered to have no contact with the student for 15 years and to register as a sex offender.

A former supervisor at Mount St. Mary, Kathy Griffin, will be stand trial beginning tomorrow on a charge that she failed to report O'Rourke's sexual relationship with a student. CORRECTION: I originally reported that Griffin would be sentenced tomorrow. She has pleaded not guilty. An earlier trial, in January, ended with a hung jury.

Part of O'Rourke's plea agreement was that she testify against Griffin.



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