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Judge dismisses protection order against Hawkins teacher

February 12th, 2009 12:00 am by Jeff Bobo






ROGERSVILLE — An order of protection petition filed against the Hawkins County teacher who is accused of threatening to kill her daughter last week was dismissed Thursday after mother and daughter agreed before a judge not to see each other for six months.


Hawkins Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Veleka Sharon Setsor, 39, appeared before Hawkins County Circuit Judge Kindall Lawson Thursday to oppose the order of protection petition filed by her 18-year-old daughter, Eden Cheyenne Setsor.


Before any witnesses were called to testify as to the events that resulted in the mother’s arrest, attorney Doug Jenkins, who represents Veleka Setsor, presented the judge with a proposed agreement between mother and daughter.


The daughter had no attorney present to represent her.


The agreement had four stipulations: the order of protection is dismissed; mother and daughter will not contact each other for purposes of harassment or violence; mother and daughter may have “peaceful contact” after six months from entry of the order; and the unpaid court costs resulting from the petition will be paid by Veleka Setsor.


Initially the daughter seemed a bit confused by the proceedings. Eden Setsor was asked by the judge several times if she felt pressured to sign the agreement.


Eventually she stated, “They said I probably wouldn’t get an order of protection for what it was.”


Eden Setsor also told the judge, “I just don’t want anything to do with her — after what happened — for a long time. I just don’t want her to come around, keep texting me or calling me all the time.”


When the judge asked her if she was afraid that she would be killed, Eden Setsor replied, “I was for a while after it happened.”


The judge then asked the daughter to return to the gallery and study the agreement while he moved on to other cases. Lawson also asked her to consider getting legal advice about the agreement.


The girl had an uncle and an older cousin in court with her to advise her.


When she and her mother were called back before the judge, they both signed the agreement.


Jenkins said they’re trying to solve their problems within the family and avoid further public attention.


On Feb. 3 the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office was called to Veleka Setsor’s home at 102 Gordon Road, Rogersville, on a complaint of a domestic dispute between Setsor and her daughter. The daughter told deputies Setsor told her to pack her things and leave.


“According to the daughter, her mother then left the bedroom and retrieved what appeared to be a rifle and threatened to kill her with it,” Deputy Chris Funk stated in Setsor’s arrest warrant. “The mother confirmed that she did get what she thought was a pellet rifle and returned to the room. The mother denied making the threat, (but) Central Dispatch confirmed on recorded line the mother stating ‘I will kill you.’”


Veleka Setsor was charged with aggravated assault, a Class C felony punishable by three to six years in prison.


“I just think we need a cooling off period, and that’s what the parties have agreed to here,” Jenkins said.


Jenkins has already waived Veleka Setsor’s arraignment on the aggravated assault charge, which was set for Feb. 25. Her next court date will be a preliminary hearing in Hawkins County Sessions Court, which has not yet been scheduled.


 


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