Alexandria Vera, a 24-year-old schoolteacher from Houston, Texas, has admitted to having an eight-month affair culminating in an aborted pregnancy with her 13-year-old student.
Investigators said that the illicit relationship began after the boy contacted Vera on Instagram, and they began having sex over the course of nine months.
One fellow student told KTRK that the pair’s flirtation spilled over into the classroom, where the boy once was seen grabbing his teacher’s behind.
Vera claimed to investigators that the boy’s parents knew what was happening, approved of it and let their son stay over at her house and were supportive of her keeping the baby.
The teacher had an abortion after being contacted by authorities, according to court documents.
In court, a therapist spoke on Vera’s behalf Friday and said that she was in love with the student, who reportedly looked older than 13, and was not a “traditional pedophile.”
Other details in the case were revealed at her sentencing, including that Vera’s 6-year-old daughter reportedly called her mother’s 13-year-old victim "dad."
Vera had pornographic pictures of herself and the boy on her phone and allowed other students to have sex in her home, the station reported.
She was sentenced to 10 years in prison.