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Former Michigan teacher jailed for 20 years for sex with student she had first tried to adopt

January 7, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Former Michigan teacher jailed for 20 years for sex with student she had first tried to adopt

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A former teacher in Michigan, who confessed to engaging in a close to a two-year-long sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student — whom at one point she tried to adopt, has been hit with a prison sentence.

On Thursday, an emotional 32-year-old Jamee Hiatt told a Jackson County Circuit Court judge that her actions “were inexcusable” and that she was “out of control.”

Judge Thomas Wilson ordered Hiatt to serve between 3 and 20 years in prison, after which she will register as a sex offender for the rest of her life, MLive.com reported.

The woman pleaded guilty in November to one count each of first-degree and third-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to the Jackson Citizen Patriot.

Hiatt was arrested in January 2016 for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old boy

The former middle school teacher told the court that she established a romantic relationship with the teen back in 2014 when he was only 14 years old.

Their illegal relationship, characterized by countless sexual encounters, lasted from May 2014 until January 2016, when she was taken into custody based on evidence discovered by authorities.

Detectives said the victim was only 11 years old when he and Hiatt, who was his teacher at the time, began to see each other outside of school.

However, he had transferred out of the school by the time the couple started their illicit rendezvous.

The teen told investigators that the two had sex “so many times that he couldn’t begin to say how many times that there were,” including at the woman’s house and in a parking lot.

Jennifer Walker, the Assistant Prosecutor for Jackson County, said during a court hearing that Hiatt offered to buy the boy a cell phone, give him money, and “even went so far as filing guardianship over him” so he could live with her.

At one time, the boy’s father was in jail for infringing on his probation, and the woman had power of attorney over him.

Officials also said Hiatt gave the victim a firearm that was believed to have been used in a shooting in Jackson.

Hiatt left the school in 2013 and worked at Woodworth Elementary School where she quit the day before she arrested.

At her sentencing hearing on Thursday, Hiatt, dressed in an orange jail outfit, apologized to her family and the court for her behavior and her poor choices.

“I abused my power as a teacher. I started with good intentions… with my mental illness I became out of control,” she said as she held back tears. ‘I was irresponsible and lacked insight and judgment. This is not the person that I am that, or that I want to be.

She continued: “I have changed the victim’s life, his family, my family, my career and my life forever. I ask for mercy, and I’m truly sorry.”

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