Monday, November 19, 2012

Emily Hansford Gets 8 Years in Prison for Sexual Battery

Emily Suzanne Hansford, 43-year-old former teacher at Union Elementary School, Union, Mississippi, who was arrested in February 2012 for an alleged sexual relations with a male student, has been sentenced to eight years in prison after she pleaded guilty to sexual battery of a child under the age of 18 while in a position of trust.

Hansford, of 10670 Road 505, was arrested after Union  police began their investigation when they received  a complaint from the alleged victim's parents. Investigators also obtained evidence from the school district as part of the investigation.

When announcing sentence, Judge Cotten told Hansford, who is a  mother of two children, that he would accept the state's recommendation, the eight-year sentence recommended by the District Attorney's office as part of a plea bargain. She was also ordered to enroll in a long-term treatment and therapy program while incarcerated. She was also required to register as a sex offender. Father of the victim said he was satisfied with the sentencing.

According to the indictment, the alleged sexual battery occurred on or about January/February 2012 in Neshoba County.

Union Teacher Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Sexual Battery of a Child

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