Shannon Alicia Schmieder, a 39-year-old ex-teacher assistant in Coweta County, Georgia, was sentenced to 40 years in prison, and will have to serve at least 20, after pleading guilty on Monday to two counts of child molestation, which stemmed from sex with a 14-year-old male student.
Schmieder (pictured below in her mugshot) worked at Jefferson Parkway Elementary School when the relationship took place. The 14-year-old was not a student at Jefferson Parkway.
Police learned of the sexual abuse after the teen's parents discovered suspicious messages on their son's computer and brought the computer to the Coweta County Sheriff's Office.
An investigation of the computer uncovered more messages that showed an explicit sexual relationship had happened between the teen and Schmieder.
The teen's mother said: 'She was a close family friend. We had gone to the same church together for 10 years. Our children were friends. Our families were friends. We did everything together. It's impossible to describe how we felt to find out this was going on."
Coweta Superior Court Judge Jack Kirby imposed the sentence on the recommendation of the DA's office. The sentence is believed to be the longest ever in U.S. history for this type of crime.