After Texas teacher Tanya Ramirez pleaded guilty to sleeping with a student, she launched a lawsuit against the victim’s mother, accusing the woman of defamation.
Ramirez, 31, struck a deal in early January 2016 with prosecutors after pleading guilty to the second-degree felony charge, reports New York Daily News. The deal included seven years of probation, the surrendering of her teaching license and a fine of $4,000. She was also fired from her job in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Ramirez was not required to register as a sex offender. Initially, Ramirez faced up to 20 years in prison.
The lawsuit against the student’s mother, Kimberly Tademy, was filed in August 2015. Ramirez claims Tademy labeled her as a “sexual predator,” which Ramirez considered defamation. Ramirez is also considering suing the student victim for invasion of privacy, as the student reportedly filmed the sexual encounter and shared it, according to Beitbart.
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Ramirez noted that the nature of the comments led to her emotional distress and the loss of her job at Jiu Jitsu Academy.
The student victim, 17, has since graduated and gone on to college.
“I know that what my son did was wrong, he knows that now, it won’t happen again,” Tademy said. “But what are they going to do to make sure that this woman will not sleep with another student?”
Ramirez has since been accused of sleeping with a second student, although she pleaded “no contest” to the charge.