|Bethyl Shepherd was told she must serve 60 days behind bars Thursday –|
despite pleas from the Reno victims’ parents that she be spared the time.
A special education teacher who admitted having sex with a 17-year-old student and oral sex with six other teens has been jailed in Nevada.
Even prosecutors said they did not want the 35-year-old mother of two jailed after it was revealed bi-polar disorder could have fuelled her sexual misconduct.
But rejecting a plea for probation, a judge said she must serve at least 60 days with the remainder of her 19 month to four year sentence suspended.
Shepherd was also told she can never be around minors, apart from her children, and not allowed to drink alcohol during her five years of probation
The court heard that Shepherd’s life has crumbled since she was arrested for having sex with a teen from Reed High School.
She is being divorced by her husband, has been disowned by her children and is unemployable as a teacher.
Shepherd, who apologized in court for her actions, is also living with her mother and has had to sell her car to pay legal bills.
The respected teacher was arrested last April after a 17-year-old boy admitted he had sex with Shepherd in her car.
After her arrest Shepherd admitted to mental health evaluators that she had oral sex with six other boys aged from 15-17 from her school.
Shepherds pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual conduct.
Her lawyer Jennifer Lunt told the court Shepherd wasn’t abusing her power as a teacher but searching for power.
Shepherds apologized in court, telling the judge David Hardy: ‘I am truly sorry for the pain and hurt I have caused everyone around me.
‘I know what I did was wrong.’
Prosecutors had recommended that Shepherd be placed on probation.
Shepherd’s psychologist said she suffers from borderline personality disorder/bi-polar disorder and the condition had affected her judgement.
Judge Hardy told her she had to serve some time in prison because of the betrayal of trust.
He told her: ‘You once belonged to a noble profession
‘We entrust our children to our teachers to protect them for today, and prepare them for tomorrow. You violated that public trust and brought shame upon yourself.’
Just one month before Shepherd’s arrest a special education teacher’s aid from the same school was arrested and jailed for under-age sex herself with a student.
In July Marie L. Fisher, 21, was given a suspended sentence and five years probation for having sex with a 15-year-old.
She said her attention deficit disorder was a factor to her crime.