After a Houston teacher was arrested and jailed for allegedly sex trafficking three students, a Harris County judge has lowered her bond.

Kedria McMath Grigsby, who worked in the Klein Independent School District, appeared in court on Monday facing charges of three counts of trafficking a child and three counts of compelling prostitution of children under the age of 18.

During the hearing, presiding Judge Melissa M. Morrison decided to lower Grisby’s bond from $125,000 to $75,000 for each of the six felony charges. Her total bond amount dropped from $750,000 to $450,000. 

After the hearing, Assistant District Attorney Luke Baty spoke to the seriousness of the allegations, telling KHOU 11, “These are our kids going to our schools and finding their way to seedy hotels and street corners all around the city, at the hands of people who appear to be upstanding citizens in our community.”

Grisby’s defense attorney, Samuel Milledge II, also spoke to the severity of the allegations. 

“I understand the severity of allegations, but as I always tell my clients, they are allegations [and] statements aren’t corroborated,” said Milledge II.

On Monday, it was discovered that the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation had issued an emergency order suspending Grisby’s cosmetologist license. 

The agency said in a statement—obtained by KHOU 11—that they did so to keep Grigsby away from minors. 

“To protect the health and safety of the general public, and to prevent Grigsby from working at a salon where she could potentially have access to young persons, TDLR is suspending her cosmetology license effective immediately. Grigsby will not be able to legally provide any cosmetology services or instruction until the emergency order is lifted,” said TDLR.

As reported by Texas Scorecard, Grigsby worked at Klein High School as a cosmetology teacher. She was accused of helping her son, Roger Magee, force troubled teens from the school into prostitution. The three students were ages 15, 16, and 17 and reported as runaways. 

After Grigsby was arrested, Klein ISD immediately placed her on administrative leave and wrote a message to parents saying they have “NO intention of allowing this individual back to Klein Cain or any Klein ISD school.”

This instance is just one of many questionable bond decisions occurring in Harris County. 

On Tuesday, Harris County Judge Lori Chambers Gray allowed a 44-year-old registered sex offender to be released from jail on a personal recognizance bond, often called a “get out of jail free card” as it requires no money.

In another instance, 228th District Judge Frank Aguilar, located in Harris County, was also caught granting some of the lowest bonds. This included setting bonds at $100 for violent felonies like sexual assault, kidnapping, domestic violence, and witness tampering. 

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.