Utah:A former high school English teacher who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing three male students said Thursday she was vulnerable and made mistakes, but a Utah judge scolded her for committing serious crimes and sentenced her to up to 30 years in prison.Prosecutors say one of the boys was 16 and two were 17 when Brianne Altice had sex with them. The 36-year-old Altice was initially free while her case played out, but was sent to jail in January after allegations emerged that she continued a sexual relationship with one of the boys while she was out on bail.
Her lawyer said Altice is a damaged person who gave into daily flirtations from the boys because she was belittled at home and dealing with self-esteem problems.She cried as she apologized to the victims at a sentencing hearing Thursday.”I am human, and I messed up during a very vulnerable time in my life,” she said.
The mother of the then-16-year-old victim said her son was also vulnerable.”You hurt my son in ways that you will never know. You hurt all of those boys,” said the woman. She did not give her name, and The Associated Press does not generally identify family members of sexual assault victims to avoid revealing a victim’s identity.