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Connecticut school teacher sentenced to three years for sex with two students

March 5, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Connecticut school teacher sentenced to three years for sex with two students

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Allison Marchese, the married Connecticut school teacher, and mother-of-two, accused of having a sexual relationship with a student has been sentenced to serve three years in prison.

The 39-year-old Allison Marchese pleaded guilty back in November to charges of sexual misconduct related to relationships that she engaged in with two students while she was working as an English teacher at Daniel Hand High School in Connecticut.

Under the Alford plea, she did not acknowledge any guilt but did admit that prosecutors had collected evidence to convict her at trial.

The Alford plea permits people on trial to enter a guilty plea while declaring their innocence.

As reported by the Hartford Courant, Judge Melanie L. Cradle told Marchese on Friday: “You were a teacher and were in a position of trust. The bottom line here is the victims are kids, and you were their teacher; a person who is engaged in the profession of shaping lives, values and thought processes. It’s certainly a gift you should have taken more seriously.”

Marchese sent one of the young students this picture of herself. In her defense, she claimed to investigators she had sent it to her husband – who also taught at the school

Marchese was sentenced to five years of probation, and a protective order was issued preventing her from having contact with the victims for ten years.

In November, she was listed on the Connecticut sex offenders list and was required to undergo sex offender treatment.

One of her victims said in an impact statement in court: “I became a kid who had sex with a teacher. I know it’s cool to do that in some cultures, but it’s shameful. I became the outcast, the pervert. I was one of those people who just wanted to fit in, so this was painful.”

The victim’s statement added: “This experience burned a hole in my soul. It is slowly being repaired, but the pain persists. I understand that life comes around and justice will be served. I just hope these words will not be in vain.”

The newspaper also reported that a mother of one of the victims said that the abuse occurred four months after the death of the teen’s father and while the teen was recovering from an injury that prevented him from playing football.

Marchese was working as an English teacher at Daniel Hand High School (pictured) in Madison, Connecticut, when she had the relationships with the two students

Marchese was initially charged with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury, which could have put her behind bars for 20 years. However, she accepted a deal that diminished the charges against her.

She pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree unlawful restraint, two counts of second-degree reckless endangerment, one count of second-degree harassment and second-degree threatening, according to the Hartford Courant.

It comes after it surfaced that she had sent inappropriate texts to students, as well as selfies of herself wearing only underwear and a bra.

The messages – which were mainly sent through Instagram – included allusions to sexual activity, winking and smiling emojis, along with flirtatious language.

Allison Marchese (pictured), a mother-of-two teacher, has been sentenced to three years behind bars

Allison Marchese also performed oral sex on one 17-year-old student, who was one of the two boys she had been messaging.

In an arrest affidavit, the student told authorities that the woman told him to go to her classroom.

“Once in the room, they got into each other’s space and started to ‘hook up’ which he described as kissing and she then started touching him ‘downtown.'”

Worrying that it wasn’t safe, the teacher “locked the classroom door and closed the blinds,” the document stated. She then performed oral sex.

The student attempted to call off the relationship off after the summer recess in 2014, but Marchese refused to do so.

He then, according to the court records, tried to blackmail Marchese – saying he would not say anything about their relationship if she gave him $200.

Marchese’s husband, Robert was a lso a teacher in the English department at the same school while his wife carried out her relationships with two teen students. They have since divorced

Marchese responded and told the teen that father had “Mafia ties” who would make sure he “would never play football again.”

The second relationship that the teacher engaged in began when the boy was 14.

The boy told authorities that Marchese had texted him to say that she could not concentrate on teaching her class because he was so attractive and that she fought to sleep at night because she was always thinking about him.

He also noted that the teacher texted him all of the time during the first week of summer break, including long notes expressing her feelings and trying to make him feel bad for not replying.

Additionally, Allison Marchese claimed that she sent the photos of herself in her underwear to her husband, Robert, who was an English teacher at the school.

Robert Marchese told police during the probe that his wife grew “obsessed with social media and working out.”

He also noted that she confessed to having an “inappropriate relationship” with the younger student that involved sexually explicit messages.

The two have since gotten divorced.

Marchese’s attorney, William F. Dow III, said that she was involved with the teens after a friend’s death and while her marriage was “disintegrating on a daily basis.”

Dow stated: “This happened at a very bad time in Ms. Marchese’s life. It’s incorrect to portray her as someone who lacks compassion or lacks remorse.”

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