While in court for an unthinkable crime against her students, Utah teacher Brianne Altice had a lot to say. In the same breath that the former high school teacher admitted to sexually abusing three of her students, she defended her relationship with the minors. Because she helped improve one of her victim’s grades, she said that their relationship, albeit illegal, was not wholly bad.
36-year-old Brianne was slammed with a prison sentence from two to thirty years. Although the exact length of time she will be expected to stay behind bars has yet to be determined, the former high school teacher’s life will never be the same again – and neither will her access to impressionable, young victims. Last summer, Brianne Altice pleaded guilty to sexually abusing three students who were sixteen and seventeen-years-old.
At first, Altice faced fourteen felony charges including five counts of rape. Since she pleaded guilty to some of the charges, and others were dropped in response, a lawsuit was filed against her and her former employer, Davis High School.
One of the victims and his parents believe that the boy is owed compensation for the damage her relationship with him caused. And because the school was partially responsible for facilitating the relationship and hiring a sex predator in the first place, the victim and his family believe Altice’s prison sentence is not enough.
Altice submitted a two-page, handwritten document to the federal court that clarifies how she had “no evil or malicious intent” when she started relationships with her teenage students.
Concerning the boy who is suing her, he allegedly came to Altice for advice on a difficult issue with his parents. He promised to stand up for her in court to “thwart inappropriate comments directed at her.” In other words, she had control over him.
“Ms. Altice expressed and advised (the victim) to communicate with his parents and continue to do his best in school,” the teacher wrote in the statement, also indicating that his grades received a boost because of her intervention.
While in court at her sentencing, Altice cried and apologized to her victims for what she did.
“I am human, and I messed up during a very vulnerable time in my life,” she said.
The parents of the victims replied by indicating how she had preyed on their sons because they were also vulnerable.
“You hurt my son in ways that you will never know. You hurt all those boys,” the mother of one of the victims said.
In the letter that Altice sent to Judge Thomas Kay, she begged him not to send her to prison. She said she was not dangerous and promised never to do what she did to another victim.
Judge Kay responded by slamming the bars behind Altice as she prepared to spend the next two to thirty years in prison serving time to fit her crime. Judge Kay believed that prison time would help Altice change her life.
What do you think about this ex-teacher’s request for the judge to go easy on her?
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