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Jailed sex offender given day pass from Dallas County Jail

This pulled image from Instagram shows convicted sex offender Latangela Williams, right, attending a church service at her father’s church Sunday. (Submitted Photo | Times-Journal)

This pulled image from Instagram shows convicted sex offender Latangela Williams, right, attending a church service at her father’s church Sunday. (Submitted Photo | Times-Journal)

Former Selma High Teacher and convicted sex offender Latangela Williams could serve more time in jail after potentially violating the terms of her jail sentence.

Latangela was issued a pass to leave jail Sunday, according to deputies at the jail. District Attorney Michael Jackson said Latangela was allowed to leave jail from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and attend a church anniversary service at her father Curtis Williams’ church. Curtis Williams is also a Dallas County Commissioner.

A picture, posted on Latangela sister’s Instagram account also shows the pair at church on Sunday and includes the hashtag referring to her sister’s nickname and jailed status. The hashtag used was #Teamfreeicy.

Jackson said Latangela’s leave violated the terms of her sentence. The sentence, issued in April, was 10 years in jail, which was suspended for 14 months in jail and three years of probation.

The sentence did not include work release or early leave, he said. Though, Curtis Williams previously requested work release for Latangela, which was denied.

“We are going to address it and it isn’t going to be forgotten,” Jackson said.

If Circuit Judge Jack Meigs finds a violation occurred, Jackson said Latangela Williams would serve her original sentence — 10 years.

“She is a registered sex offender and an ex teacher who got in trouble for messing with students sexually and just got out like the jail is a hotel,” Jackson said. “There should be no difference between [Latangela] and another prisoner.”

Jackson said he wasn’t sure who granted leave.

Huffman did not return calls requesting comment and Dallas County Jail Warden David Brown declined to comment without receiving permission.

Jackson said he plans to file a motion Tuesday to move Latangela to a different facility.

“It obviously isn’t working out like it should,” Jackson said. “It’s like she has the keys to the jail.”