Popular former Brea Olinda High School math teacher Michelle Lynn Johnson pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting a 17-year-old male student, and the Anaheim 46-year-old was sentenced to 270 days in jail, five years of formal probation and an order to register as a sex offender while on probation, prosecutors announced.
When Johnson, a math teacher who also tutored students during non-school hours off campus, was arrested in June of last year, many former students and parents came out in support of her, with reactions ranging from disbelief to denials that what occurred were crimes.
You be the judge: Johnson befriended a 17-year-old student she later groomed for sex, according to the criminal complaint against her. “Between April and June 2013, the defendant engaged in an unlawful sexual relationship with the victim including oral copulation and sexual intercourse,” reads a statement from the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA). “The sexual assault occurred on multiple occasions outside of the school and at the school.”
The kid's parents thought something was odd about the teacher's relationship with their son and contacted the Brea Police Department, which launched the investigation that resulted in charges that could have sent Johnson to state prison for more than eight years had she been convicted without a guilty plea.
Johnson copped to three felony counts of oral copulation of a minor and two felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse.
The boy's mother and father delivered a victims' impact statement to the court that said the crime not only impacted their son but negatively effected the two of them as well as their family unit, according to the OCDA.
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