Ex-Washington Union teacher gets probation for sex with student

The Fresno BeeNovember 30, 2012 

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.

Diaz was 24 when she had sex with the 15-year-old boy in early 2010. At the time, she worked as a substitute teacher and the boy was a sophomore at the Easton school, but not in her classroom.

Diaz later became a full-time social sciences teacher at the high school before she was arrested in September 2011. She then resigned.

On Oct. 4, Diaz pleaded no contest to two felony counts of sexual intercourse with a minor.

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