A former Muenster High School teacher bailed out of the Cooke County Jail on Friday, Oct. 19, after she was booked in the previous day on accusations of having sex with two students.
Lynn Anne Burge, a 32-year-old Saint Jo resident, faces two counts of improper relationship between educator and student, a second-degree felony, and one count of online solicitation of a minor, a third-degree felony.
Burge’s bail totaled $125,000, according to county jail records.
On Oct. 8, Texas Ranger Bruce Sherman learned about an ongoing investigation into allegations of potential online solicitation of a minor, sexual assault of a child and improper relationship between educator and student, according to copies of arrest warrants.
Authorities believe Burge had intercourse with two of her students — one described as a 16-year-old male at the time and the other described as an adult male.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services anonymously received the first report about the juvenile on Sept. 19.
The Muenster Police Department was contacted by a special investigator with TDFPS, who learned that police were aware of an allegation about Burge sexually assaulting a juvenile student at Muenster High School where she was employed as a teacher, according to an arrest warrant.
Muenster police informed the special investigator that there was another allegation against Burge for sexual assault of another juvenile student, as well.
During a forensic interview at the Cooke County Child Advocacy Center, the 16-year-old Cooke County resident reportedly said Burge was his teacher during the 2017-18 school year and that “in or about September or October 2017” he and Burge began communicating via Snapchat.
Eventually, the two began sending nude images of one another over the social media app, an arrest warrant states.
The juvenile recalled a time during the interview when he and Burge drove around backroading and drinking alcohol together.
He alleged Burge started kissing and touching him before they went to her home in Saint Jo.
The two reportedly made out in the kitchen, took each other’s clothes off and had sex, the juvenile said.
According to the interview with law enforcement, the juvenile alleged he “fell asleep in Burge’s kid’s bedroom before she woke him up and asked him to get in bed with her.” The juvenile “clarified that her kid/s were not home at this time.”
While on a field trip with Muenster Independent School District students and staff at the State Fair of Texas, Burge was contacted by Sherman. A non-custodial interview was conducted at the State Fair of Texas — Dallas Police Substation Office in Dallas on Oct. 11.
Burge reportedly told Sherman she sent “five or less” nude images of herself to the 16-year-old via Snapchat.
She also remembered backroading with the student while she was intoxicated around the end of December 2017 or beginning of January 2018.
Burge reportedly told Sherman that she couldn’t remember anything after that until she woke up the next morning and the juvenile was in her bed with her.
When asked if she thought the two had sex, the arrest warrant states she replied, “I don’t know. I hope not. I don’t know. I didn’t think it did because my clothes were on. Usually if that happens your clothes aren’t on. I don’t know, I don’t know, I can’t remember anything.”
Law enforcement also said Burge confessed to having sex with an additional student — an adult — on her birthday this year at her sister’s home north of Muenster.
Burge claimed she was highly intoxicated on both nights she is accused of having sexual intercourse with the adult and juvenile students, the arrest warrant says. She also couldn’t recall having memory problems outside of the incident with the juvenile student.
The adult student of hers corroborated that he did have unprotected sex with his teacher on her birthday at her sister’s home after they went backroading, the warrant states.
Muenster Superintendent Steven Self said in a statement issued Friday morning that the school district was recently informed of Burge’s arrest.
“Mrs. Burge is no longer employed by MISD, and the district is currently conducting an investigation into the alleged misconduct,” Self said. “Federal privacy laws prevent me from providing further details. The district considers safety to be its highest priority and is committed to ensuring the well-being of MISD students.”
Self said Burge was beginning her second year with the district. Her last day with Muenster ISD was Friday, Oct. 12.
According to the school district’s website, Burge taught Intro to Culinary Arts, Child Development and Principals of Human Services. She was also the FCCLA adviser.
Staff Sgt. Mark Tackett, a spokesman with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said late Friday that the Texas Rangers were asked to investigate at the request of TDFPS. He said the investigation is ongoing.