Ex-Abilene schools leader gets probation over fraud, abuse

ABILENE, Texas (AP) — A former West Texas educator must serve three years of probation for not immediately reporting alleged improper relationships between teachers and students.

Heath Burns in February resigned as superintendent of the Abilene Independent School District. Burns pleaded guilty Wednesday to failure to report child abuse by a professional and to possession of a controlled substance by fraud.

Investigators say Burns knew about a female teacher allegedly have sex with a student, but didn’t immediately report it. The second case involves a male teacher later indicted on two counts of having an improper relationship with a student.

Prosecutors say Burns last year obtained about 3,400 hydrocodone pills from two different physicians, who were unaware of each other’s prescriptions.

Burns, who was also fined $1,000, declined comment after sentencing Wednesday.

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