Former teacher gets 18 months for sex with student

first_imgA defense attorney for a former Skyview High School science teacher told a judge Thursday that the sexual relationship between his client and a 17-year-old girl was consensual.Only Washington’s abuse of trust statute, which applies to teachers having sex with students, made it a crime.“If he had not been in that position, we would not be here,” defense attorney Gerry Wear said.To that, Clark County Superior Court Judge Rich Melnick said: “If he wasn’t in that position, the likelihood of this occurring wouldn’t have been there, either.”The judge then sentenced Nathan J. Botnen, 33, to 18 months in prison for the ongoing sexual relationship he had with a student during the 2007-2008 school year.Botnen pleaded guilty Dec. 2 to two counts of first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor.Melnick agreed with Deputy Prosecutor Jeff McCarty’s recommendation for the midpoint of the standard sentencing range of 15 to 20 months, calling Botnen’s actions “disturbing.”The relationship included trysts that occurred at the victim’s home, the teacher’s home and at school. Citing an instance where the two were purported to have had sex in a remote stairwell of the school, where Botnen knew there were no security cameras, Melnick said Botnen showed bad judgment.last_img

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