Texas Teacher Gets No Jail for Sex with Student - Update
(Brazosport, Texas) Former Brazosport ISD teacher Nikki Scherwitz has pleaded guilty to having an inappropriate relationship with a student.
Scherwitz was sentenced to 10 years of probation and fined $5,000.
Scherwitz resigned from her job at Brazosport High School last year when she was questioned about the relationship. Police say it had been going on for weeks, but didn’t come to light until Scherwitz showed up at an after-prom party.Scherwitz was also banned from teaching.
Some students were shocked when they learned she got probation.
"The men get 25 to life, but a woman gets a slap on the wrist with only a $5,000 fine," said Mario Salinas, a student at Brazosport High School.
"If it was a guy, a male teacher with a female student, it wouldn’t be the same," agreed Oscar Guttierrez, another student.
Prosecutors said they agreed to the plea deal because the student was nearly 17 and Sherwitz agree to send apologies to the mother and the district.
Texas Teacher Accused of Sex with Student
[Previous 5/2/13 post]
(Brazosport, Texas) A 25-year-old English teacher who recently resigned from Brazosport High School, Nikki Marlise Scherwitz, has been accused of engaging in sex with a 16-year-old student at an after-prom party.
Scherwitz faces charges of sexual assault of a child and improper relationship between an educator and a student.
Brazosport ISD officials initially received a report alleging a female teacher had been “in the presence of students at an off-campus, non-school event,” district spokeswoman Tami Sophia said in a news release.Scherwitz was booked into custody at the Freeport Jail with bond set at $50,000.
The “non-school event” was an after-prom party where alcohol and marijuana were present, said Freeport police Interim Lt. Raymond Garivey, who is supervising the criminal investigations division.