A 25-year-old married teacher at Valley High School in Las Vegas, Nev. has reached a plea deal after being accused of sending as many as 13,000 texts, many of which were sexual in nature, to a 17-year-old special ed student with a learning disability and has “the IQ of a child.”
Jillian B. Lafave, 25, plead guilty to two felony counts of sexual conduct with a pupil and one count of open or gross lewdness, a gross misdemeanor, according to the Clark County (Nevada) criminal court database. She faces a maximum of 10 years in prison but could be eligible for probation, according to defense attorney Warren Geller.
According to information in the Clark County criminal court database, her sentencing is scheduled for November 29.
In another twist, the Las Vegas Review Journal reported she didn’t have a license to teach in Nevada. The report said she had a license to teach in Texas and was hired because of a chronic teacher shortage in the district.
Since then, police discovered the 13,000-plus text messages.
Below is a screenshot of a police report excerpt:
Quite disturbingly, the report says the teen told police “he loves Lafave and she loves him.”
“A lot of the texts were sexual in nature and we have not had time to read all of the text,” the report continued. “A lot of the texts were between him and her having phone sex.”
Furthermore, he called her “mom” and she called him “son.”
KNTV reported that Lafave “admitted to kissing the student several times before winter break. Lafave told police she had never had sex with the teen but that she had touched his penis.”
Another source at the school said sex acts occurred multiple times.
Lafave is currently free on bond and will be in court by March.