32-year-old Danielle Watkins, a former Connecticut high school teacher, had a lurid sexual affair lasting eight months with one of her 17-year-old students. On Thursday, the mother of two struck a plea deal which will land her in jail anywhere from nine months to four years for second degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. The plea saved her from spending up to 20 years in prison for her sex crimes.
Watkins, who taught English, plead guilty to the felony charges, after her victim told authorities that she had threatened to fail him for ending their affair. The married teacher had sent him nude pictures of herself and let him drive her car without a license. Two school administrators who knew of the relationship but did not report it have also been charged. Both received probation.
Watkins, who had been a teacher for nine years, turned herself in to Stamford authorities in July. Police say she supplied her young lover and his 15-year-old friend with marijuana, which they smoked during school hours and on school grounds. She also exchanged more than 2,000 text messages and hundreds of phone calls with the teenager.
Watkins was arrested earlier in the year, when police found illegal prescription pills in her vehicle after a minor accident. She subsequently entered rehab. The 17-year-old student she carried out a relationship with waited until the end of the school year to report their affair to authorities, as Watkins had threatened to fail him if he broke things off.
Watkins will return to Stamford Superior Court for sentencing on January 22. She will be placed on the Sex Offender Registry for 10 years. Do you think this is a just punishment for her behavior? Tell us in the comments section.
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