Janelle Bird was recently sentenced to two years in prison for having sex with a student:
A former teacher was sentenced Wednesday to two years in state prison for having sex with a student.
Janelle Marie Bird, 25, had previously been found guilty of two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and two lesser counts of unnatural and lascivious acts. She faced up to 30 years in prison.
Bird admitted having a relationship with a 15-year-old boy at East Hill Christian School. Both testified during the trial that they loved each other.
Bird will be appealing the sentence.
This was a pretty lurid case. From Hott for Teacher’s archives:
Janelle Bird, 25, said she loved him so much that, despite a Pensacola Christian College education that preached against premarital sex, she gave him her virginity.
“He made me feel really comfortable and safe, and I trusted him,�? the former East Hill Christian School biology teacher said while sobbing.
“At some point, it hit me that this was not something I should be doing. I betrayed the trust of his parents, and I tried to break it off … and he said ‘You can’t do this to me,’ �? Bird said Thursday during her more than hourlong testimony.