Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ex-teacher in Texas gets 5-year prison term for student sex

FORT WORTH, Texas — A former north Texas high school teacher was convicted Friday and sentenced to five years in prison for having sex with five 18-year-old students at her home.

The Tarrant County jury decided on the sentence for Brittni Nicole Colleps, 28, of Arlington after nearly three hours of deliberation. It took jurors less than an hour to find her guilty earlier in the day of 16 counts of having an inappropriate relationship between a student and teacher. The second-degree felony is punishable by two to 20 years in prison per count.

The former Kennedale High School English teacher had sex with the students at her home over two months in 2011, authorities said.

Colleps is married and has three children. She turned herself in after a cellphone video emerged.

Three former students who testified Thursday said that they did not consider themselves victims and did not want to see Colleps prosecuted. The three were football and track athletes.

Arlington police Detective Jason Houston testified that charges were filed because "18 or not, it's a crime" for a teacher to have sex with her students.

Colleps' husband was serving in the military overseas at the time of the encounters. Christopher Colleps said he is mad at his wife, but stands by her "because till death do us part means till death do us part."

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