Allison Marchese, an English teacher from Connecticut in the United States, sent two of her students winking emojis, saucy texts and half-naked selfies, a court heard yesterday.
The mother-of-two was originally charged with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.
She could have been jailed for up to 20 years if convicted, however she pleaded guilty last November to reduced charges.
The charges she admitted were two counts of first-degree unlawful restraint, two of second-degree reckless endangerment, one of second-degree harassment and one of second-degree threatening.
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News.com described how Marchese cried in court as relatives of the boys spoke about the impact her actions have had on their lives.
“The actions done by this woman has caused immeasurable damage to my son,” said one parent.
Judge Melanie Cradle told Marchese: “You were a teacher and you were in a position of trust. And the bottom line here is the victims are kids and were their teacher.”
“A person who is engaged in the noble profession of shaping lives, values and thought processes of our youth.”
“It’s certainly a gift you should’ve taken more seriously.”
The court heard that Marchese called a 17-year-old student into her classroom, where they kissed. The student said that Marchese locked the door, closed the blinds and performed a sex act on him.
After the incident the student “freaked” out and demanded that Marchese pay him AUD $260 not to tell anyone what happened.
But the teacher then threatened him, claiming “her father was an abusive man who had spent time in jail and had contacts in the Mafia.”
The court also heard that Marchese had sent him “weird” sexual messages.
The teacher also shared partially nude photos on Instagram, which were seen by other students.
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Another student, who was just 14-years-old at the time, said Marchese started messaging him “nonstop” through Instagram.
In one of the messages she told him that she “couldn’t concentrate during class because he was so good-looking and she could not sleep at night because she was thinking about him.”
He claimed that he repeatedly asked her to stop, to which she replied: “I know when to stop, I know when to move on, but ‘I know’ is different from ‘I can.’ ”
Marchese has been jailed for three years and will also serve five years probation.
The judge ordered her to attend sex offender treatment and register as a sex offender for 10 years.
Marchese’s 42-year-old husband, who also worked at the same school, filed for divorce three weeks after the scandal broke.