A former Alabama schoolteacher admitted to having sex with two of her students but argued that she had a constitutional right to do so. Last week, she was sentenced to ten years in state prison.
Carrie Witt, 47, on Thursday was handed a ten-year sentence, but will only spend a year and a half behind bars, followed by another 18 months in a community corrections program. The rest of her sentence will be served on probation.
Witt will also be required to register as a sex offender.
One of Witt’s former students with whom she had had sex came to her defense, telling the judge that their relationship was consensual.
Robert Tuten, Witt’s attorney, told WAAY that his client has decided to not pursue a federal appeal because of the financial and emotional toll this case has taken on her.
After the hearing, Witt appeared somber and declined to answers reporters’ questions as she was led by officers to a van to be transported to state prison, thus bringing to a close a five-year legal saga that has drawn national attention.
In late March, just hours before she was scheduled to go to trial, Witt pleaded guilty to one count of school employee engaging in a sex act with a student.