The case of a former Turkey Creek Middle School teacher accused of having a sex with a 15-year-old student will not go to trial.
The Brandon woman accepted a plea deal Monday. She received five years in Florida state prison, two years of community control (GPS monitoring), followed by 15 years’ probation.
The woman was arrested and charged with sexual battery, lewd and lascivious battery and lewd conduct in February 2015.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the woman established a relationship with the teenager, who was a student in her classroom.
Deputies claim the relationship turned physical with the woman having sex with the boy at the school during school hours and once in his bedroom.
The woman will also have to register as a sex offender.
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