A California teacher has been sentenced to 270 days in prison after she pleaded guilty to having a sexual affair with a student.
This week, a judge sentenced 46-year-old Michelle Lynn Johnson, a mother of two and a former teacher of the year at Brea Olinda High School, to nine months in prison and five years of probation after she pleaded guilty to three felony counts of oral copulation of a minor and two felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse. Johnson will also have to register as a sex offender during the length of her probation.
According to the district attorney, Johnson, who was named teacher of the year in 2009, met the 17-year-old student in school and “groomed him.” The two had a sexual relationship for several months, both on school grounds and off campus.
The boy’s family said that the relationship “not only harmed their son, but also negatively affected them and the rest of their family.”
Student comments on RateMyTeachers show that Johnson was a beloved teacher at the school.
One student wrote “I’m sad that she won’t be teaching next year due to issues with a student.”
Another student wrote “Mrs. Johnson is the model teacher. Unlike some teachers at our school, she can teach. She stays after school and holds study sessions for her students. She’s wonderful.”
Another adds “sadly, but quite truthfully, she is the only teacher who knows how to convey the ever rich complexity of math to her students. All the other incompetent teachers must envy her remarkability.”
One more writes “she is the only teacher who knows how to teach! I haven’t found a single thing wrong with her throughout the entire year. She is like Mary Poppins or something. All the other teachers should emulate her.”