Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Female teacher ends up in prison for sex with 14-year-old boy

Kristen Nicole Sullivan, 27-year-old former teacher at Lauderhill Middle School, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has accepted a plea agreement offered by the prosecution and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Sullivan was charged with two counts of sexual battery on a victim between the ages of 12 and 17 by a person with custodial authority, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison and she also faced two counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a victim between the ages of 12 and 16, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Sullivan entered a no contest plea to aggravated child abuse and was formally sentenced to 30 years in prison each for two aggravated child abuse counts and 15 years on each aggravated battery count. This sentence will be applied if she does not turn herself in on 3rd January.

As part of the plea bargain, Sullivan's jail term will be followed by five years' probation, during which time she will not be allowed to take a job teaching children.

Prosecutors offered her another deal that would have kept Sullivan out of prison but convicted her of sexual battery on a minor by a person with custodial authority – a conviction that would have labeled Sullivan a sex offender. Sullivan turned that offer down. Her lawyer, Bradford Cohen, said the prison term was preferable in the long run - she doesn't have to register as a sex offender, which would follow her the rest of your life. One reason prosecutors agreed to the plea was that the student, who was 13 when the relationship began, was the pursuer.

The sexual affair between female teacher and the male student and was discovered after the victim's girlfriend found incriminating texts on his cell phone, a present from Sullivan for his 14th birthday. The teen was in Sullivan's computer class. She was arrested in April 2010

Teacher Gets Prison for Sex with 14-year-old boy

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