ARP — The jury returned a guilty verdict on one charge of sexual assault of a child for the former Arp school counselor accused of having inappropriate relationships with students and sexually assaulting two students while she was employed as an elementary school counselor at Arp ISD.
Barbara Lynn Orpineda, 32, told the jury of five women and seven men that she believes the rumors about the inappropriate relationship got away from the boys and they didn't have an option to recant their stories because they are adults now and scared that they could be held accountable for those actions.
"This is just one-upping locker room talk," she said. "He made this up out of the blue and I'm not sure if they fed themselves these rumors so much that they misconstrued it. I know they are lying."
Orpineda was arrested Oct. 25, 2017, and charged with two counts of having an inappropriate relationship with a student and two counts of sexual assault against a child.
However, she is on trial for one count of sexual assault of a child.
A Smith County grand jury handed up the indictments on the second-degree felony charges on May 17.
The state rested their case after questioning Arp Police Assistant Chief Johnny Vargas.
Orpineda's defense team recalled the alleged victim in the case. They also called a woman who worked with Orpineda, a friend of the boys and a woman who knew the boys and the Orpineda family.
Orpineda pleaded not guilty to the charge.
She posted bond the day after she was arrested and remains free on bond.
Judge Christi Kennedy of the 114th District Court is presiding over the trial.
There is a reporter in the courtroom.
This story will be updated throughout the day.
The Tyler Morning Telegraph is not naming the boys or the mother of one of the boys to avoid identifying the alleged victims of sexual assault.