HOUSTON - A former Texas teacher who admitted to having sex with her 13-year-old student has pleaded guilty.
Alexandria Vera pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated sexual assault of a child.
That lowers her minimum sentence to five years, meaning she could be released on probation.
Vera was an English teacher at Aldine ISD's Stovall Middle School.
According to court documents, last summer Vera met a 13-year-old boy who was a student in her 8th grade English class during summer school.
A sexual relationship reportedly developed.
Vera claims she and the teen are in love, and she's been introduced to his family as his girlfriend, court documents state. The boy's parents are reportedly accepting of the relationship, including Vera in family gatherings.
The boy is currently in foster care.
Parents at the middle school are sounding off about the accusations.
"I have chills just because of this -- just think that the teacher would even do something like this," parent Mary Claycomb said.
Court documents go on to detail the fact that Vera allegedly became pregnant with the boy's baby in January, and his family was said to be excited and supportive about the baby. But after an unexpected visit to the school by Child Protective Services in February, when Vera and the boy were questioned about their relationship, she reportedly became nervous and terminated the pregnancy.
Vera is expected to be back in court for sentencing in January.