Teacher Kathleen Cawthorne Sentenced to Serve Only Four Months After Sex with Student

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A teacher in Virginia was sentenced to serve only four months of her 11 year sentence after she had sex with a student and blamed it on her hypersexuality.

Kathleen Cawthorne, 33, was given leniency by the judge after she apologized for having sex with the 17-year-old boy. 

Her husband also stood by his wife as she apologized in court.

The court was told that Cawthorne was diagnosed with bipolar and also had facets of hypersexuality. 

The incident happened when she took one of her students from the William Campbell Combined School and took him to a field to have sex.

They also sent each other nude photos of themselves. Those photos were discovered by school officials and Cawthorne was arrested.

She pleaded no contest to a charge of indecent liberties with a child and three counts of electronic solicitation of a minor in January. 

Rick McGee, a pastor at the church she attends, also testified that Cawthorne is extremely remorseful for what she did and that she accepted responsibility for it.

Prosecutor Brooke Willse-Gaddy brought attention to the fact that Cawthorne was nearly twice the age of her victim at the time of the crime, as she was 32 and he was 17. 

Willse-Gaddy said Cawthorne was trained to report sexual abuse. 

"We trust our teachers," she said.

But defense attorney Gordon Peters said she should not receive any time for her crime. He said she had no prior record and could no longer teach.

Peters said that her registering as a sex offender meant she "was essentially lepers in this day and age."

Prior to being told her sentence would only be four months, she issued an apology to the victim and his family, and also apologized to the principal.

Sources: Daily Mail, WSET