Alexandria Vera jailed after getting pregnant by pupil, 13

Jan 18, 2017, 00:54
Alexandria Vera jailed after getting pregnant by pupil, 13

In November 2016, Vera pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child.

According to court documents obtained by KHOU, Vera said she and the victim, who was 13 at the time, "love each other" and that they had sex nearly daily for nine months.

Vera admitted to having a sexual relationship with the student since last September, authorities said.

She also claimed the boy's family accepted their relationship. However, she reportedly chose to abort the baby when authorities began to ask questions, according to court documents.

Sentencing her to a decade behind bars, State District Judge Michael McSpadden said: "We want our teachers to educate our children".

Vera will be eligible for parole after five years.

But she did allow police to search her phone, which turned up "many messages" between the teacher and her student.

She met his parents at a school open house and was introduced to them as his girlfriend when she met them again at his home.

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. He went on to say the 10-year sentence is "a fair warning to teachers".

Their relationship became so serious that the boy would spend the night with Vera and the two engaged in sex on a near-daily basis, according to court documents.

At one point during the relationship, Vera was pregnant with the student's child, but later terminated the pregnancy.

Karen Lawson, a therapist testifying for Vera, said she thinks Vera "was driven by being in love" with the boy.

The victim's mother was in court on Friday to show Vera support, as were other students and their parents.

When Vera became pregnant, "they were very supportive and excited about the baby", court documents said.

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.

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