A former teacher from Nova Scotia has learned her fate after she sexually abused one of her teenage students and sent sexually explicit texts to another.
Daily Mail reported that Carolyn Amy Hood, 40, of Stellarton, Nova Scotia was sentenced to 15 months of house arrest this week. The former teacher, who suffers from bipolar disorder, was looking at one year in prison. However, Judge Del Atwood ruled that this sentence would be “grossly disproportionate” to the crimes committed.
Atwood defended his lenient sentence by saying that Hood was only caught performing a sex act on a 15 year-old student one time. Her second encounter with a 17 year-old student was all done via text and involved no physical contact.
In determining that Hood shouldn’t go to prison, the judge took into account her bipolar disorder and also her exemplary record in the classroom up to this point.
“Don’t think of this as a break or as a result of the season,” Atwood told Hood during sentencing. “This is a lawful sentence.”
Hood will also be on probation for two years and will have to become a registered sex offender in Canada. In addition, she is banned from being anyplace where children are present for the next ten years unless accompanied by an adult.
This comes after Hood was found guilty in April of sexual interference, sexual exploitation and two counts of luring minors over the Internet for a sexual purpose. She had performed oral sex on the 15 year-old boy in her car in the driveway of his home, and sent sexually explicit texts to him and another boy.
The judge explained that psychologists had found that Hood was unlikely to reoffend and that she was not a predator targeting teenage boys. The incident of oral sex was explained to the court as an example of Hood having access and opportunity as opposed to the former teacher targeting or threatening the teen boys.
Hood was married with three children at the time her crimes occurred.
“I truly believe in my heart that without the onset of bipolar disorder, none of these events would have ever occurred,” Hood told the judge. “I want to reiterate my deep and immeasurable remorse for my actions that led to these charges … It is something I will feel regret for every day for the rest of my life.”
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