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Alleged sex trafficking teacher’s bond reduced


Patrick Simmons, 77th  District Court judge, lowered bond to $50,000 for the former teacher accused of a human-trafficking offense.

Amber Michelle Parker, of Teague, was arrested Jan. 2 and charged with Trafficking a Child-Engaging Conduct/ Sexual – a first-degree felony. The former Mexia teacher was back in court Monday, Jan. 28, for another bond hearing.

Shirley Mays, Freestone County Precinct 4 justice of the peace, originally set Parker’s bond at $25,000, but she later raised it to $250,000 due to the threat of flight after her recent return from Morocco where she allegedly met with men regarding the exchange of sexual acts.

Parker returned Jan. 1 from Casablanca, Morocco, and was arrested Jan. 2 after a joint investigation between Freestone County Sheriff’s Office and McLennan County Sheriff’s Office.

In court Monday, Jan.28, Parker testified she did not have the means to pay the $250,000.

District Attorney Brian Evans asked for the bond to stay at the higher amount, and he also asked for strict stipulations if the amount is reduced.


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