Social media post delays former Thorsby teacher's sentencing - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Social media post delays former Thorsby teacher's sentencing

Jennifer Collins McNeill. Source: Chilton County Sheriff's Office Jennifer Collins McNeill. Source: Chilton County Sheriff's Office
CHILTON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

In a twist in the case of a former Thorsby teacher accused of rape and sodomy of a teen, the judge has postponed her sentencing due to a social media post.

Jennifer McNeill was supposed to be sentenced on Thursday morning, but a Facebook post caused the judge to delay sentencing until August 7 at 8 a.m.

The Facebook post indicated McNeill is innocent. Her attorney claims the victim, his mother and his brother hacked her Facebook account and made the post. However, the family denies that claim.

"We try not to get into social media, but when the defendant put something out here that is directly in conflict with what she pled to in court, it was something we had to bring out," said Deputy District Attorney C.J. Robinson.

Judge John Bush heard the case. By law, he can't accept McNeill's plea deal if she doesn't admit guilt.

According to the prosecution, the Facebook post shows she doesn't accept guilt. Sentencing was delayed so the defense could have time to prove who made the post.

McNeil, a former teacher and cheerleading sponsor, was arrested in August 2013 after being accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student who attended a different school in Chilton County.

Warrants alleged McNeill had sex a minor who was younger than 16 but older than 12 between April 2012 and June 2013.

McNeill pleaded guilty in May to three counts of second degree rape and one count of sodomy.

As part of a plea deal, McNeill agreed to serve five years in prison and also requested probation.

McNeill told the court on Thursday that she stands by her guilty plea. She declined to give FOX6 a comment as she left the courthouse.

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