A former Texas teacher has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after admitting to sexually assaulting two students in her van.
Leticia Lowery, 40, who also worked as a tutor, plead guilty in court last week, local media reported.
She admitted to having sex with a 15-year-old boy in her home, while on a separate occasion she stood accused of telling a 13-year-old girl to perform a sex act on the boy in her van while she watched, according to the complaint documents.
The boy’s mother had begun suspecting something untoward was going on and was instructed by local authorities to monitor her son’s phone, according to a local ABC affiliate. She then found text messages that were explicit in nature.
Prosecutor Laura Bond from the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said the outcome of the trial and the harsh sentence was a good result for the victims.
“I think oftentimes when people hear about offences that are committed by a female against a male child, people tend to minimise it but the effect on the child is still the same,” she said.
“Her taking responsibility and pleading to 20 years in prison is a statement on the fact that she knew what Montgomery County and the community and jurors would’ve sentenced her to,” she added, according to Click2Houston.
Prosecutors said the woman was out on bail in a different county stemming from a charge of online solicitation of a minor boy. That case is reportedly still before the courts.
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