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Three years in jail for teacher, 42, who ‘had sex with SEVEN of her students’

Mon, Jul 16, 2012

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A 42-year-old teacher has been jailed for  three years after pleading guilty to having sex with seven of her  students.

Cindy Clifton had faced more charges than any  other teacher involved in sex crimes against under age victims.

The married mother of two was charged with a  total of 53 counts, including statutory rape and contributing to the delinquency  of a minor after her arrest last year for allegedly victimizing a total of 11  boys.

But after striking a deal with prosecutors  she pleaded guilty at a court in Covington, Tennessee, to a total of 15 counts,  including aggravated statutory rape by authority figure.

The court heard Clifton had sex with seven of  her students between April and July in 2011. Her victims were aged between 14  and 17.

Investigators said the popular Middle School  teacher plied the teens with alcohol and then had sex with them in her  home.

Many of the students are thought to have been  friends of her teenage daughter, who attended the alcohol fueled  parties.

Clifton’s victims were all from the Crestview  Middle School where she was a reading teacher.

As part of the plea deal Clifton, a teacher  for 20  years, also pleaded guilty to furnishing four teens with  alcohol.

Clifton will also serve eight years probation  on her release from prison.

Prosecutors said the plea deal spared her  victims the ordeal of giving evidence.

‘Our overriding concern as prosecutors was to  protect and shield the victims enduring what would have been a very public  trial, being victimized all over again,’ said district attorney Mike  Dunavant.

In an interview with WMCTV, Clifton’s  husband said the worst part of his ordeal is having to tell  his daughters  their mother is in jail.

An aunt of one of the teenage victims told  the TV station that Clifton preyed on the boys, offering them lifts  home.

‘They were adolescent boys. Most of these  guys were friends,’ the woman said.

The family member said one of the hardest  parts of the teacher sex crimes was getting people to take the allegations  seriously.

‘When they find out what’s going on they say  oh that’s just a boy being a boy but I guarantee you if it was someone’s 12 year  old daughter and a 41 year old man, I mean that’s just stomach churning and  disgusting,’ the woman said.


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