A Texas school teacher accused of having drunken sex with two male students, one of whom was 16-years-old at the time, will not be serving any time in prison.
Lynn Anne Burge, 33, pleaded guilty to to two felony counts of improper relationship between a teacher and student last month, the Gainesville Daily Register reported.
She was indicted on the charges, plus an additional felony of online solicitation of a minor, in Dec. 2018, according to the Daily Register.
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Under the plea agreement, the former Muenster Independent School District teacher was sentenced to five years of probation for each case and will have to pay a fine of $5,000, $2,500 per case.
The terms of the agreement stipulate Burge will serve the probation sentences concurrently, meaning she will be on probation for a total of five years.
She will also have to register as a sex offender and surrender her teaching license, her attorney, Rick Hagen, told the Daily Register.
According to authorities, Burge had sex with two of her students and exchanged nude photos with the 16-year-old student over Snapchat.
The other student was an adult at the time Burge had sex with him, according to police.
“Alcohol was an issue in this case,” Hagen told the Daily Register. “While it was an issue, it was not an excuse. Lynn has not had a drop of alcohol since she was accused. She is committed to AA and has been to a counselor on a regular basis.”
Burge told police during a custodial interview in Oct. 2018 that she recalled driving around with the 16-year-old student while intoxicated.
She told the interviewing officer, Texas Ranger Bruce Sherman, that she woke up the next morning in bed with the teen but was not able to remember what had occurred, the Daily Register reported last year.
“I don’t know. I hope not. I don’t know. I didn’t think it did because my clothes were on. Usually if that happens your clothes aren’t on. I don’t know, I don’t know, I can’t remember anything,” she said when asked if sex had occurred.
According to Hagen, the victims’ families “did not want Lynn to go to prison,” a factor in Judge John Warren’s sentencing determination.
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“They chose forgiveness over vengeance. John Warren respected that,” Hagen said.
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