Teacher sentenced for sex offense

May 31, 2009 2:25:51 PM PDT
A former middle school teacher in New Jersey who sexually assaulted her female student has been spared additional jail time. Keri Ann Brekne was sentenced Friday to seven years for several incidents that occurred in Warren County during 2007. But that term will run concurrently with a 15-to-30-year term that the 29-year-old Brekne is now serving in Pennsylvania.

Brekne carried on a six-month sexual relationship with the Lopatcong Middle School student, who was 13 when the relationship started. The victim said her teacher showered her with gifts and treats and told her she was special.

Brekne was arrested in January 2008 after the teen's parents found lurid text messages on a cell phone Brekne gave her and the girl told authorities about incidents that occurred in New Jersey and at the teacher's home in Bethlehem, Pa.


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