A former middle school teacher from Tacoma, Wash., pleaded guilty to two counts of rape of a child in the second degree, but after being sentenced, she will not face any jail time.
34-year-old Keshia Shaw has been sentenced to six months of house arrest and will also have to undergo regular treatment.
Shaw requested that she not be sent to jail because her health has been deteriorating due to multiple sclerosis.
“I'm worried that prolonged stay here will turn my conditions into a 200-pound 3-year-old," said Shaw in court.
Shaw has a noticeably different appearance since going to jail after initially pleading guilty to the charges against her. The former teacher has polycystic ovarian syndrome, and since she wasn’t given her prescribed medication while awaiting sentencing in jail, the mother of two now has a large amount of facial hair.
Shaw pleaded guilty to the charges against her after a former student of hers came forward alleging that she raped him starting when he was only 12 years old. The incidents happened in 2007 and 2008, but when the student heard a sermon on sexual abuse at church in 2012, he finally came forward with his allegations.
"You were in that special position of trust, you violated it and you did it for your own sexual gratification," said Judge John McCarthy to Shaw in court.
"I take full responsibility for my actions and non-actions that have led us to be here today," said Shaw during the proceedings.
The woman is not allowed contact with any minors other than her two daughters and will have to register as a sex offender for the remainder of her life.