A former teacher accused of having a long-term sexual relationship with a 13-year-old former student pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child on Wednesday.
Alexandria Vera, 24, who worked in the Aldine school district, accepted the guilty plea and the court agreed that a judge will set sentencing and cap her sentence at 30 years, according to reporting by the Houston Chronicle.
The aggravated sexual assault of a child charge carries a maximum life prison sentence, the Houston Chronicle story said. Under the plea bargain arrangement, Vera is eligible for deferred adjudication probation, which means she could have no conviction record if she successfully completes her probation period with no violations, the Chronicle reported.
Vera was an English teacher at Aldine ISD’s Stovall Middle School and met the boy while she was teaching summer school, according to a story by KTRK, the ABC television affiliate in Houston.
The two had sex, announced to the boy’s parents that they were in love and the parents accepted the relationship to the point where they included Vera in family gatherings, the ABC story said.
The boy is in foster care, according to reporting by KTRK.
Vera and the boy were expecting a child, but Vera terminated the pregnancy after officials with Child Protective Services became involved in February, the KTRK story stated.
According to reporting from KHOU television news, Vera, who was arrested for the offense in June, will not be sentenced until January. Vera’s defense attorneys plan to ask for probation, the KHOU story stated.