Former teacher indicted on two felony charges

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

May 2, 2014 at 12:02 a.m.

A former Victoria kindergarten teacher was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on charges of aggravated assault and tampering with a witness.

Amy Madigan, 40, is charged with running over a woman with her car Feb. 8.

Madigan also is charged with influencing or coercing that same woman, Susan Dorsett, to falsely testify, withhold information or delay prosecution.

Madigan offered to pay Dorsett's insurance payment of medical expenses if she characterized the alleged Feb. 8 assault as an accident, according to the indictment.

Both charges are first-degree felonies punishable by five to 99 years or life in prison.

Madigan's attorney, George Filley III, was not aware of the new charges, so he declined to comment Friday.

In another case filed March 19, Madigan is charged with criminal mischief between $50 and $500, a Class B misdemeanor.

Police said Madigan threw a brick through a window after an argument broke out at Dorsett's home the afternoon of Jan. 24.

At the time, Dorsett was dating Madigan's ex-husband.

Madigan ran over Dorsett Feb. 8 in retaliation for Dorsett possibly testifying about the Jan. 24 misdemeanor, according to Thursday's indictment.

Madigan resigned as a kindergarten teacher at Chandler Elementary School soon after her February arrest, said Diane Boyett, Victoria ISD communications specialist.



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