A former Alabama highschool instructor who as soon as claimed it was her constitutional proper to have intercourse with two of her college students has been sentenced to 10 years in state jail.
Carrie Cabri Witt, 47, will get to serve most of her sentence on probation, after spending 18 months behind bars and one other 18 months in a group corrections program, native outlet WAAY reported.
Her sentencing on Thursday appeared to place an finish to a controversial case that stretched again 5 years.
Witt was a historical past, psychology and social research instructor at Decatur Excessive College in March 2016 when she was arrested for having intercourse with two male college students, ages 17 and 18.
She was charged below a 2010 state regulation with two counts of a faculty worker participating in a intercourse act or deviant sexual activity with a scholar below the age of 19.
However Witt insisted that she was being prosecuted for a consensual relationship solely as a result of she labored at a faculty — because the age of consent in Alabama is 16.
Her attorneys argued that the state’s teacher-student intercourse regulation violated their consumer’s 14th Modification rights to privateness and equal safety.
A now-retired Morgan County Circuit Court docket decide in 2017 agreed that the regulation was unconstitutional and dismissed Witt’s case.
Nevertheless, the Alabama Court docket of Prison Appeals later reversed the ruling and despatched the case again to the decrease courtroom, reinstating the costs towards Witt.
She pleaded responsible in March to 1 depend of a faculty worker participating in a intercourse act with a scholar below the age of 19. Prosecutors dismissed the second depend.
Witt’s trial had been set to start shortly earlier than she entered into the “blind plea” with prosecutors. The deal got here with out an settlement on a sentence from the district lawyer’s workplace. She had confronted as much as 20 years in jail.
Witt, who additionally coached ladies’ golf and junior varsity cheer, stayed on the Decatur Metropolis Faculties payroll for greater than two years on paid go away earlier than she give up in 2018, AL.com reported.
As a part of her sentences, she shall be required to register as a intercourse offender.