HOUSTON – The Stovall Middle School teacher who got pregnant by her eighth-grade student was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday.
Judge McSpadden told Alexandria Vera this case will serve as an example to deter other teachers from crossing inappropriate boundaries.
“We want our teachers to educate our children, to keep their hands off our children, to prepare them for the future,” Judge McSpadden said.
Vera was 24-years-old when she got pregnant by her 13-year-old student during a sexual relationship that lasted nine months.
Vera was initially charged with continuous sex abuse of a child and later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated sex assault of a child.
At the sentencing hearing on Friday, the defense called a Dr. Karen Lawson to the stand, a clinical psychologist who specializes in sex offender treatment.
During her testimony Lawson explained that Vera came from a somewhat tumultuous background where she witnessed some domestic abuse and was also taken advantage of by the men she dated.
Lawson also classified Vera as “accomplished,” a person who has held a job since age 14, bought her first home at 21, put herself through college and cared for her little brother and was the fulltime caregiver of her 6-year-old daughter.
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