A former kindergarten teacher in East Texas has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for having sex with students.
Heather Robertson, 39, pleaded guilty Thursday in the 159th District Court on seven charges of sexual assault of a child and improper relationship with a student.
Judge Paul White sentenced the former educator with Hudson ISD to 10 years behind bars and she must surrender her Texas teaching certificate. She will also register as a sex offender for life.
According to Assistant District Attorney Todd Dillon, Robertson had sex with at least six Hudson students between November 2016 and February of 2017. The teacher would lure students into her Lufkin apartment to perform the acts.
In a press release, the District Attorney’s Office detailed one of the encounters.
Robertson arranged for a student to have his parents drop him off at her apartment, under the guise of helping her move furniture. After the student’s parent dropped him off, Robertson and the student had sex in her apartment.
The charges carried a punishment of up to 20 years in prison.
“Teachers are entrusted with our most valuable and most precious asset every day,” Dillon said. “When teachers betray that trust in Angelina County, they will be held accountable for that betrayal, and they will face significant punishment.”
Dillon cautioned parents to be aware of who their children may be communicating with on social media and messaging applications, as these means of communication were used by Robertson to contact the victims in this case.
Robertson is eligible for parole following the completion of half her sentence.