September 1st, 2014

High school teacher who had sex with student dodges jail time after saying sorry

Daily WorldBy Neil Fetherston
Nikki Scherwitz wrote letters saying sorry for the sexual relationship.
Nikki Scherwitz wrote letters saying sorry for the sexual relationship.

STUDENTS of a high school in the US have expressed their shock after one of their teachers who admitted having a sexual relationship with one of their 16-year-old classmates escaped jail.

Nikki Scherwitz (25) pleaded guilty to having an inappropriate relationship with a student and was sentenced to 10 years probation.

She was also fined $5,000, according to the US news station KHOU.

A 10th grade English teacher at Brazosport High School in Houston, Scherwitz resigned from her job last year when she was questioned about the relationship.

She was charged with sexual assault of a child and improper relationship with a student.

She pleaded guilty and has been placed on 10 years probation.

She will never teach again, however, she escaped jail time after she wrote letters of apologies to the boy's mother and the district, admitting her guilt

According to KHOU.com, authorities were tipped off after Scherwitz turned up to an after-prom party on April 20 at a student's house.

One of the students who was at the party told the TV station: “She was wearing no shoes when she showed up…like a cut up, cut off shirt and everything.”

She is also believed to have been drinking.

Another student told her it wasn't right for her to be there and asked her to leave. She and the 16-year-old student then allegedly left together.

Some students were shocked when they learned she got probation.

“The men get 25 to life, but a woman gets a slap on the wrist with only a $5,000 fine,” said Mario Salinas, a student at Brazosport High School.

'If it was a guy, a male teacher with a female student, it wouldn’t be the same,' agreed Oscar Guttierrez, another student.

Prosecutors said they agreed to the plea deal because the student was nearly 17 and Sherwitz agree to send apologies to the mother and the district.

In that letter she said: "I apologize for the behavior I engaged in with a student. I crossed an ethical boundary I never should have crossed. I’m sorry."