Kelly McKenzy Watson, a 34-year-old San Diego area teacher, is pregnant with her 17-year-old special needs student’s baby.
The student attended the New Haven Youth and Family Services in Vista, Calif., which works with emotionally disturbed boys. Watson met the boy while working there between September 2010 and August 2011 and began dating him.
When the relationship was made public, New Haven’s CEO Doreen Quinn stood by Watson, stating the school did not believe the accusations, and was "dismayed and saddened by the findings that resulted in [Watson's] arrest..." according to the Daily Mail.
However, the allegations were true, and The Huffington Post reports that on Wednesday, Watson was sentenced to three years’ probation and a year in jail but will be let out before her due date in April.
The teenage father was in court during the sentencing, and cried when his lover's sentence was read, according to XETV-TV.
“He is very much in love with her and is looking forward to the baby,” Deputy District Attorney Mary Ellen Barrett told the Union-Tribune.
Watson is not the only female teacher to have recently landed in trouble for engaging in a sexual relationship with a student.
Anna Michelle Walters, 24, a substitute teacher at Cosby High School in Virginia, was fired in October after allegedly having sex with and sending inappropriate pictures to a recent graduate, Justin Foster.
Walters also texted Foster, who is now 18 years old and a West Virginia University student. Foster showed the text messages on his Twitter page.
While Walters may have thought these personal exchanges were private, Foster evidently had no problem making them public for his more than 2,000 followers.
Foster also publicized nude pictures Walters sent him. She was later arrested and sentenced to 12 months in prison.
Amethyst Tate graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology. During her time at IBT, her articles have been sourced by various...