Louisiana substitute teacher, Heidi Verrett who had sex with three male students avoids jail in plea deal – will also not have to register as a sex offender.
A former substitute teacher in Louisiana who pleaded guilty to having sex with three boys has avoided jail time thanks to a plea deal.
Heidi M. Verrett, 34, pleaded guilty on March 22 to three misdemeanor counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile after her 2016 arrest on charges of having sex with three 15- and 16-year-old boys at her home, the Houma Courier reported.
District Judge John Walker suspended Verrett’s six-month jail term following her guilty pleas, sentencing the former Terrebonne Parish substitute teacher and teacher’s aide to two years of unsupervised probation, along with $900 in fines.
The plea agreement also prohibits Verrett from teaching for two years, but prosecutors said she won’t be instructing students in Terrebonne Parish or other districts for the rest of her life.
‘We have been assured she would never be able to teach in the school system again,’ Terrebonne Parish Assistant District Attorney Dennis Elfert said. ‘From a legal standpoint, the maximum probationary period is two years, and that is the extent to which the probation can legally be bound.’
Verrett’s attorney, Teresa King, said her client was pleased with the outcome.
‘She wanted to avoid the risk of jail time,’ King told the media outlet. ‘If we had gone to trial, there’s always that risk. So I think the deal was worked out in everyone’s best interest.’
It remained unclear if such deal would have been available had the genders of the oppressor and victims had been reversed.
But there’s more.
Police in Houma said Heidi Verrett also had ‘inappropriate’ discussions with a 12-year-old boy on social media.
Verrett was charged with having sex with the teens during a two-month period in late 2016, according to court records cited by WDSU. As part of her plea deal, Verrett does not have to register as a sex offender.
And although Verrett’s employment will not be restricted once her probation expires, Elfert said it’s very unlikely she’d be hired by another district.
‘Anybody who might want to hire this woman in the future, especially when it involves kids, is going to see that on her record,’ Elfert told the Houma Courier. ‘I would suggest there won’t be many school systems at all that would hire her.’
Not immediately clear is what informed the female educator in abusing her position of trust, authority and power in subjugating her teen male victims….