Ekatherine Pappas, 25, was arrested after being caught on video having an affair with her 16-year-old student. She admitted to several other encounters that were not video taped.
Pappas was arrested on her way back from Colombia, where she had spent a few weeks. She left the day that authorities and her supervisors at the school found out about the video tape.
Pappas was arrested at the airport.
The Daily Mail reports:
Ekatherine Pappas, 25, in June pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts of sexual offense against a student. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to drop additional felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor.
On Monday, the former Spanish teacher at Franklin High School was handed a sentence of three years in prison, but a judge suspended all but one year and one day of her term.
Upon her release, Pappas will spend five years on specialized and enhanced supervised probation and will be required to register as a sex offender for 15 years,according to a report by the Baltimore Sun.
Charges against Papas were announced back in January when authorities issued a warrant for her arrest, saying she had fled the US to Colombia.
The case against Pappas began unfolding in early January when a video surfaced at the school showing the 25-year-old teacher having sex with the 16-year-old victim.
A school resource officer saw a copy of the X-rated video on a student’s phone and notified administrators, reported the station WBAL.
On the day officials at Franklin High School became aware of the sex video, Pappas went to Dulles Intentional Airport and boarded a flight to Bogota, Colombia.
She returned to the US a few weeks later and was arrested at the airport.
Pappas had been teaching only a month before she became involved with the 16-year-old boy. He told the court that she had convinced him to cut class and go to her place, video taping them have sex in one of the incidents.
The boy’s father made a heartfelt plea to the court.
“I cannot begin to explain the terror of being notified that my son had been sexually abused and it was on videotape that had been circulated throughout the school for others to see,” the parent stated.