A former English teacher from Kennedale High School in Texas has been sentenced to five years in prison for engaging in a group sex act with students.
Brittni Colleps, 28, was sentenced to five years in prison this week for having engaged in sexual acts with at least five students in 2011. The married mother of three was arrested last year after the students bragged about having engaged in group sex with the teacher wherein four of them participated and another recorded the event on his cellphone.
During the course of the trial, the video was shown to the jury on Wednesday, and while Colleps face was never visible, a distinctive lower back tattoo could be seen. Through out the video she was seen as she engaged in intercourse with two of the students and two others stood off to the side watching.
Thursday saw the students involved in the case take to the stand to describe in detail sexual texts the teacher had sent them which reportedly numbered in the thousands. One student who was identified as “Richard” said that he had not exchanged any text messages with Colleps, but had visited her home on two separate occasions where she performed oral sex on him. Another student identified as “Jordan”, now 20, testified that he had visited her home on two different occasions, both times resulting in group sex activities. It was during the second visit that he used the phone of another student identified as “Aaron” to record the event.
The oddness in this case arises from the fact that all of the students involved were over the age of 18 at the time the crimes occurred. However, in Texas, it is illegal for a teacher to engage in inappropriate conduct with a student of any age. Due to the age of the the students, she will not be required to register as a sex offender when she is released from prison. The jury also did not issue a fine or any community supervision.
Colleps was facing up to 20 years in prison for the 16 charges filed against her. After the closing arguments, the jury took only one hour to render its verdict.
Both Christopher Colleps, the husband in the case, and the convicted’s mother both testified during the trial that they did not feel she should be sent to jail due to the impact it would have on her children and them. “I’m asking you to give her probation. It’s not my fault or her children’s, and taking her away from us is punishing us,” Mr. Colleps said. “Brittni saved my life before I met her. I was doing bad things and when I met Brittni she gave me someone to love and care about.” The students that testified also stated that they did not feel she should be sentenced to any jail time.
Upon the sentencing, Colleps bail was revoked and she was immediately taken into the custody of the state.