A former Washington Union High School teacher was sentenced Friday to three years of probation and 30 days in an adult offender work program for having sex with a student in early 2010.
Nadia Diaz, 27, cried when her sentence was announced in Fresno County Superior Court.
Judge Dennis Peterson also said Diaz must enroll in mental health counseling and attend a sex offender treatment program. However, the judge did not require her to register as a sex offender for life.
Prosecutor Midori Howo objected to the sentence, saying Diaz deserved time behind bars for violating a position of trust. But Peterson said Diaz took responsibility for her actions and said in a letter to the judge that she feels shame and guilt.
In addition, the victim told Peterson he was to blame for Diaz's misdeed. He said he pursued Diaz and convinced her to have sex with him.