10 yrs for falling pregnant to 13-yr-old pupil
- Author: Marjorie Miles Jan 18, 2017,
Jan 18, 2017, 0:56
Former Aldine ISD teacher Alexandria Vera, 24, was facing the possibility of life behind bars after pleading guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child, but in exchange for admitting to the relationship, her sentence received a cap of 30 years in prison, the Chronicle reported.
Alexandria Vera, a former Houston-area middle school teacher, sits with her attorney Ricardo Rodriguez as they wait for her hearing to begin, Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, in Houston.
But that wasn't the most shocking revelation - Vera also claimed that her 15-year-old lover's parents were not only aware of the liaison, but they approved of it.
Vera told the Harris County District Court that she met his parents at an open house and was introduced as his girlfriend.
A forensic dump of Vera's phone indicated that she was telling the truth about the boy's parents. However, after Child Protective Services came to the school to question Vera and the student about their relationship, Vera reportedly got an abortion.
State District Judge McSpadden explained: "We want our teachers to educate our children".
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Vera became pregnant as a result of her relationship with the student. He went on to say the 10-year sentence is "a fair warning to teachers".
She hooked up with the teen, referred to as JT, after he asked her for her Instagram username so that they could follow each other.
Vera admitted to having a sexual relationship with the student since last September, authorities said. She said she initially resisted the boy's advances until sometime last fall, when she agreed to hang out with her student.
But prosecutors said she violated a curfew by leaving her home between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. She told the officer that the student's family was told about the pregnancy and that they were supportive and excited about the baby, prosecutors said.
As for the victim in this case, he is now in foster care.