A teacher who had sex with a 13-year-old student over a three-year period has been given a short prison sentence – because she’s just given birth.
The woman, who will be on probation for 10 years after serving her 60 day sentence, pleaded guilty to the charges on Tuesday.
Marka Bodine was teaching in the Tomball Independent School District at the time, and must also register as a sex offender.
Her jail term is also being delayed until as she recently had the baby.
That baby is not the child of her victim, authorities told local news outlets.
Prosecutors had asked the judge for a 20 to 40-year sentence.
According to court documents, the inappropriate relationship came to light last year after Bodine notified the school principal at Tomball Intermediate School that it was she who was being harassed by a former student.
Bodine told the principal that the-then 13-year-old boy was making threats to hurt himself and had access to her private photographs and manipulated images of her.
Investigators said a search of both Bodine’s phone and the boy’s phone showed several messages and images that were exchanged between them.
Some of the images were sexually explicit in nature.