A Polk County ex-teacher facing 22 years in prison for child sex crimes will be asking for a lighter punishment, according to reports.
The former English teacher pleaded guilty to 37 child-sex charges in March 2015 and was sentenced a few months later.
The 31-year-old was initially arrested on allegations she had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. Investigators said she also admitted to having sex with two other teens at the school.
The judge told the woman that even though the victims were willing participants, their age doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a crime.
Now, the woman is seeking a lighter sentences for several factors, including an undisclosed mental condition, the victims being willing participants and a lack of treatment options available to her in prison.
She is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday to ask for that lighter sentence.
Any criminal accusation involving sex is quite serious and should be dealt with accordingly. Prison time and steep fines are enough to worry about for any criminal charge, however, sex crimes punishments can haunt you long after you have served your sentence. You are required to register as a sex offender in a public database, where anyone can see the details of your crime.
Just because you have been convicted of a sex crime, this does not mean that your defense is completely done. Depending on the facts of your case, it may be possible to appeal your conviction or obtain a reduced sentence.
Being convicted of a sex crime in Polk County is a very serious matter that can stain your life forever. Our Polk County Criminal Appeals Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can identify any possibilities for you to appeal your case or reduce your sentence. Call us today at 866-608-5529 or contact us online for a free consultation.