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Houston middle school English teacher sentenced to 10 years for sex with student

January 13, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Houston middle school English teacher sentenced to 10 years for sex with student

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The Houston middle school English teacher accused of having a near-daily sexual relationship with a 13-year-old student who impregnated her was sentenced on Friday to ten years in prison.

Alexandria Vera pled guilty in late 2015 to aggravated sexual assault of a child. The 24-year Texas native had sought to avoid prison and was hoping for probation.

However, during Friday’s hearing, State District Judge Michael McSpadden said his sentence intended to make an example of Vera and wanted to send a message because he knew of too many similar teacher-student sex cases.

“We want our educators to teach our students; We want them to keep their hands off the students,” the judge said.

Vera taught English in the Aldine Independent School District in north Houston when she and the student had first met back in 2015.

The relationship began after the boy reached out to her on Instagram, Investigators said over the course of a 9-month period, the pair would engage in sexual intercourse on an almost daily occurrence.

Prosecutors said the boy’s parents never objected to the relationship.

Alexandria Vera, a middle school teacher in Houston, was sentenced to 10 years for having sex with a 13-year-old student. (VIA FACEBOOK)

According to court records, Vera admitted to an investigator they were “very supportive and excited” when she told them of her pregnancy.

Vera eventually had the pregnancy terminated after child welfare investigators questioned her about the relationship.

McSpadden said the boy and his mother wrote him letters that tried to put some of the blame on the student for the relationship with the Houston middle school English teacher.

Denise Nichols, a Harris County prosecutor, said Vera had a “history of “straight-out deception,” which included moving the boy and his father into her home to pass off the appearance the father was her boyfriend.

Karen Lawson, a therapist, testifying on behalf of the former educator, said she thinks Vera “was driven by being in love” with the boy.

She added that Vera witnessed domestic violence while growing up as a child and had a deep need for love.

Vera initially was charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child, which carries a maximum life prison sentence, but pleaded guilty to the lesser assault charge.

She will be eligible for parole in five years, The Associated Press reported.

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