Virginia Middle School Teacher Gets 2 Years For Sex with 14-Year-Old Boy She Courted on Snapchat
Amelia Tat contacted the boy on Snapchat and Instagram
A judge has sentenced a former Virginia teacher to two years in prison for having a sexual relationship with an underage student.
Amelia Tat, 27, pleaded guilty in January to two counts of carnal knowledge without force with a male student.
According to a police report obtained by PEOPLE, Tat was working as a science teacher at Jack Jouett Middle School in Charlottesville, Virginia in early 2015 when she began contacting a 14-year-old student on social media. According to documents, she carried on a conversation with the teen on both Snapchat and Instagram.
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Police say the relationship escalated and the two had sex in their classroom. The two continued texting and later had sex in nearby Lynchburg.
Prosecutors say that the eight-month relationship was discovered when the teen’s mother found the racy text messages.
During Monday’s sentencing hearing, the victim told the judge that he wanted Tat to serve some jail time. He claimed to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder due to the relationship.
In court on Monday, the judge sentenced Tat to ten years in prison with eight years suspended. She will begin her two-year sentence on November 1. After her release, she will have 18 months of supervised probation and must pay restitution of $176. She must remain on good behavior for 10 years.
Tat is married with a 4-month-old child. While she is incarcerated, her husband will care for the child with help from his parents.