(Wilbarger County, Texas)
A 41-year-old former Vernon High School science teacher pleaded guilty in 46th District Court in Wilbarger County, opting out of a possible grand jury indictment and jury trial.Mauldin had faced a possible long stretch in prison.
Kami Dawn Mauldin, of Electra, was sentenced to 10 years of probation for having an improper relationship with a student, a statement from the Wilbarger District Attorney's Office said.
She will have to register as a sex offender for the next five years, pay a $2,500 fine, lose her teacher's certificate and perform 100 hours of community service. Mauldin also is prohibited from making contact with the 15-year-old victim.
District Attorney Staley Heatly said Mauldin was officially charged with the offense Friday morning as part of the process for accepting a plea bargain before a grand jury indictment.