(Helper, Utah) Former Helper Junior High School teacher Melissa Ann Andreini, now 29, appeared in court this week and pleaded guilty to reduced charges. She pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual activity with a minor while two counts were dismissed.
As a result, 7th District Judge Douglas Thomas sentenced Andreini to probation and 120 days in jail followed by 120 days home confinement.
Andreini must complete sex-offender treatment, have no contact with minors and pay restitution for the victim's counseling as part of her 36-month probation.I suggest a male teacher would have received harsher punishment.
She also must submit to DNA testing and will be listed on the state's Sex Offender Registry.
Utah Teacher Allegedly Paid Boy for Sex
[Previous 8/22/09 post]
(Helper, Utah) A 28-year-old special education teacher formerly at Helper Junior High School, Melissa Ann Andreini, was charged this week with engaging in sex with a 15-year-old male student.
Andreini faces three counts of third-degree felony unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
The boy told police Andreini used to bring him and his friends coffee two to three times a week before school started. The boys went to Andreini's classroom to get the drinks, according to the statement.On August 3, Andreini resigned from her teaching position. She was booked into custody at the Carbon County Jail and later released on $10,000 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for September 28.
The victim reported to police that Andreini paid him money after three separate sexual episodes at her home in June.
Court documents do not specify if the money exchanged was for sex or to keep the boy quiet about the encounters. The victim's mother told police Andreini admitted to paying the boy between $1,400 and $1,500 when the mother confronted Andreini on July 3, according to the statement.
If convicted, Andreini faces a possible five-year prison term on each count.
Companion post at The Jawa Report.