The trial of a former Elkins Middle School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student has been delayed, after difficulty selecting a jury in Randolph County Circuit Court, officials said.
Autumn Rae Faulkner, 29, of Beverly, is charged with three counts of third-degree sexual assault and three counts of sexual abuse by a custodian or person in a position of trust to a child, all felonies.
Special Prosecutor Steve Jory told The Inter-Mountain Monday that a sufficient number of qualified jurors was not available for the trial when jury selection was scheduled on June 5.
The trial had been scheduled to begin Thursday, but will be moved until August or perhaps September, court officials said Monday.
Count one of the indictment, sexual assault in the third degree, alleges that Faulkner engaged in sexual intercourse and sexual intrusion with a minor who was at least four years younger on Dec. 21, 2008.
Count two, sexual abuse by a custodian or a person in a position of trust to a child, alleges that Faulkner engaged in the sexual intercourse with a child who was under her care.
Counts three and four allege that Faulkner again engaged in sexual intercourse with the same minor on Feb. 1, 2009. Counts five and six allege Faulkner again engaged in sexual intercourse with the minor in the first half of February 2009.
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