In a situation that has become all too common here in the U.S., another teacher has been convicted of having a sexual relationship with a child.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Elizabeth Dillett, 31, was charged with sexual assault of a child by a person who works with children and sexual intercourse with a child age 16 or older.
She pleaded guilty to the two lesser charges of assault by someone who works with children in exchange for having six other charges dismissed. One of the dismissed charges was a felony, second-degree sexual assault of a child.
In addition to teaching, Dillett also coached at St. Peter Immanuel School where the victim was a former student.
When first confronted by the child’s mother, a woman who considered Dillett a friend, the kindergarten teacher denied the claims. After the relationship was revealed, Dillett cried and begged the teenager’s mother not to press charges.
She had no prior criminal record and has been receiving counselling.
Her attorney suggested three years of probation as a sex offender and a suspended prison term of 18 months, but the judge had other plans.
Even though Circuit Judge Joseph Donald acknowledged the good work Dillett had done in the past and that she was remorseful, he said the offense and her status of a teacher required a prison term, the MJC reported.
He sentenced her to two years in prison, added three years of supervised release after she gets out, and required her to register as a sex offender.