(TheRedAlertNews.com) – A former middle-school teacher in Texas has been sentenced to 60 days in prison for having had a long-term sexual relationship with one of her underage students.
Only 60 days.
Marka Bodine, 32, a former sixth-grade teacher, was in a relationship for three years with a student between 12- and 15 years of age.
Judge George Glass in Texas’ Harris County sentenced Bodine to 60 days in prison plus ten years of probation after she pleaded guilty to “continuous sexual abuse of a child,” Breitbart News reported citing ABC13.
The pedophile ex-educator has been given June 5, 2023, as a deadline for reporting to serve the prison sentence because she recently gave birth to her child.
The child’s father is not the former teacher’s minor sex abuse victim, according to the report by The New York Post.
Marka Bodine worked as an English teacher at Tomball ISD north of Houston, Texas.
In a Facebook post, the Office of Harris County DA, Kim Ogg, did not hide its surprise by the lenient pedophilia sentence.
The District Attorney’s office had requested a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison for Bodine.
“I’m heartbroken for the complainant and his family. I’m really disappointed in the outcome as a prosecutor – a child abuse prosecutor, and I’m disappointed as a citizen of Harris County,” Harris County Prosecutor Janna Oswald, chief of the Crimes Against Children Division, told NBC2.
The pedophilia case was revealed by Marka Bodine in April 2021 when she complained to the school principal that a former student was harassing her.
As per her report, the student, who was 16 at the time, was threatening to harm himself.
The teacher’s long-term sexual relationship with the minor was exposed during the subsequent investigation, in which the victim revealed it had lasted for three years, starting in 2018.
The 12-year-old boy and his sixth-grade teacher started to chat through a video game and text messages. They began having sex after the victim turned 13.
During the three years of pedophilic abuse, Bodine sent her underage victim about 40 explicit images of herself.
Over the same period, she went through a divorce and even went to live in the same apartment complex as her victim. She had sex with her student in her car and in her classroom.
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