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Teacher Jailed For Having Sex With Three Students Released After Serving Four Months

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A teacher in Southern California who pleaded guilty to having sex with three underage students, one of whom is the father of her child, was released Sunday after serving only four months of her one-year sentence.

Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, 29, faced up to 29 years in prison before she accepted a plea deal last year. She originally faced 41 counts of sex and oral copulation with a minor.

As part of the agreement, the former Citrus Valley High teacher pleaded guilty to four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and two counts of oral copulation with a minor.

Whitehurst was sentenced on Aug. 28 to one year in jail and five years’ probation.

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She was granted an early release from San Bernardino County jail for good behaivor on Jan. 5

The Redlands teachers forfeited her teaching credentials and will be permanently registered as a sex offender. She will be fitted with GPS monitoring device, but it is unclear how long she will have to wear it.

The judge originally ordered Whitehurst not to have any contact with the father of her child. Now, however, she will be allowed written contact with the father, who is now 20.

Sources: NBC Los Angeles, Press-Enterprise