Friday, May 31, 2013

Brittany Larson guilty of sex with teen

Brittany Larson, 29-year-old former teacher at Devereux Glenholme School, New Milford, Connecticut, was sentenced earlier this month on an agreed upon charge of third-degree sexual assault to a 10-year prison sentence, suspended after nine months, to be followed by 10 years of probation.

Larson was accused of engaging in  sexual relationship between May 2011 to December 2011  with a 16-year-old student. The school serves students with Asperger's syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other learning disorders. Female teacher was married and pregnant in her third trimester at the time of her arrest in October 2011. Police had been conducting an investigation since being contacted a moth earlier by administrators at the school. Mrs Larson was charged with second-degree sexual assault and held by police on a $25,000 bond. According to an arrest affidavit, staff members at the school  became suspicious of an inappropriate relationship after discovering racy online interactions with on the victim’s Facebook page. Ms. Larson told authorities her relationship with the student turned intimate in June 2011, and that she set up a secret Facebook page to communicate discreetly. The victim reportedly told police that the encounters took place on campus in multiple locations.

In June 2012, she turned down a plea deal that would have meant a 10-year sentence, suspended after 15 months, instead opting for the jury trial. Anyway, later she pleaded guilty to second degree sexual assault under the Alford doctrine. The Alford doctrine means that a defendant does not agree with all of the facts of the case but believes there is enough evidence to result in a conviction, and that pleading guilty could result in a more favorable sentence. Based on the sentence handed  she will be incarcerated for nine months at the most but will still be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

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Brittany Larson Sentenced for Sex with Teen Boy

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