Claudia Rodriguez-Oviedo pled guilty in Pratt County District Court on Thursday in school bomb threat case.
A former Southwest Elementary School employee, Claudia Rodriguez-Oviedo, has pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated criminal threat and one count of unlawful acts concerning a computer in a plea agreement Dec. 22 in Pratt County District Court.
Rodriguez-Oviedo waived her right to a preliminary hearing, waived her right to an arraignment, waived her right to a jury trail and chose to enter guilty pleas to both counts.
Sentencing is set for 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 8 in District Court. Maximum sentence for count one is 136 months and maximum on count two is 9 months. Depending on Rodriguez-Oviedo's criminal history, the maximum could be between 34-31 months on count one and between 9-7 months on count two, said Pratt County District Court Judge Frank Meisenheimer who will pass sentence on Rodriguez-Oviedo.
Before accepting her guilty pleas, Meisenheimer reviewed each of her rights and asked if she understood what each meant and what she would give up if she waived her rights. Rodriguez-Oviedo responded "Yes" to each question.
Meisenheimer said since Rodriguez-Oviedo is not an American citizen, actions by immigration authorities could result in her deportation.
Rodriguez-Oviedo's attorney Terry Malone of Dodge City said she wanted her sentencing expedited so she could be deported.
Rodriguez-Oviedo is pregnant and if she goes into labor, she will go on electronic surveillance and will have 48 hours after delivery before being returned to jail.
Pratt County Attorney Tracey Beverlin read a summation of the case that said at 1:08 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2017, USD 382 received bomb threats against the district which resulted in all buildings being evacuated. District events were cancelled, all buildings were searched with assistance from local law enforcement, Kansas Highway Patrol and a KHP canine unit. No devices were found in any building.
The USD 382 Tech Director Molly Swank was able to determine, with assistance from the district firewall company and district security video, which computer was used and that Rodriguez-Oviedo was the person using that computer when the message was sent. Swank was also able to determine that history was erased and an effort was made to look like the message came from outside the district, Beverlin said.