A Texas Teacher Went To Jail For Sexually Abusing A 13 Year Old, And Was Sentenced 60 Days.
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According to court documents, the inappropriate relationship came to light last year after Bodine notified the school principal at Tomball Intermediate School that she was being harassed by a former student. Bodine told the principal that the 16-year-old boy was making threats to hurt himself and had gotten access to her private photographs and manipulated images of her.
Investigators said a search of both Bodine’s phone and the boy’s phone showed several messages and images that were exchanged between them. Some of the images were s*xually explicit in nature.
When questioned, the boy told investigators that Bodine befriended him by playing an online video game and later began texting him, according to the affidavit. He said the two began exchanging explicit images and had s*x shortly after he turned 13. Their relationship continued for the next three years.
The boy told authorities that Bodine moved into his apartment complex after her divorce and that the two had s*x in her classroom and her car several times, according to the affidavit.
Investigators said that Bodine eventually admitted to having a s*xual relationship with the former student and sending explicit images and videos.
The Tomball Intermediate School teacher will spend the rest of her life on the sex offenders’ register, Bodine’s charge, continued sexual abuse of a child under 14, carries a maximum life sentence.
Prosecutors had asked for a minimum 20 years behind bars. Christopher Downey, a criminal defense attorney, told ABC13 that that a possible contributing factor to Bodine’s light sentence could be evidence of her mental state at the time of the abuse.
“I think no small part of an explanation for this sentence may lie in any psych info they provided to the court,’ Downey said, but noted that social factors likely had a hand in Bodine’s fate.
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