A Georgia jury found a former special education teacher guilty on multiple charges based on a months-long affair she had with a student.
Cristina Preston, 45, was convicted of aggravated child molestation, child molestation, statutory rape and sexual assault on a person in custody. She was sentenced to life in prison with 25 years to serve before she is eligible for parole.
When she is released, Preston will spend the rest of her life on probation and have to register as a sex offender. Superior Court Judge John Allen also barred her from having contact with any minors other than her own children and having any contact with the victim, who is now 15.
Preston was accused of initiating the relationship on Halloween 2011, when the victim was 13. Their relationship was discovered when deputies caught the two parked together in the dark in Columbus’ Cooper Creek Park. The teen said they had sex before deputies arrived. Preston said they had merely stopped to eat food from Krystal before she took him home, The Ledger-Enquirer reported.
“That’s ridiculous," said prosecutor Don Kelly. "That defies belief. They’re back there to have sex. There is no doubt about it.”
According to the teen, other occasions they had intercourse included:
• Once in Preston’s bedroom.
• Once when they were riding four-wheelers, where she disrobed but he did not, and they had sex on the ground.
• Once on “hunting land” belonging to her husband’s family in Marion County, where they went to ride four-wheelers before having sex in a deer stand.
Preston was out on bond while awaiting trial. After she was sentenced, deputies immediately took her into custody.