REDLANDS, Calif. (KTLA) — A former high school teacher who gave birth to a child fathered by one of her teenage students pleaded guilty to sex crimes charges on Wednesday.
Laura Whitehurst, 28, struck a plea deal with San Bernardino County prosecutors in which she admitted guilt to unlawful sexual intercourse and oral copulation of a person under 18.
Whitehurst was a teacher at Citrus Valley High School in Redlands. She resigned from her position earlier this month.
Under the agreement, Whitehurst will spend a year in county jail, according to prosecutors.
She was also placed on five years’ probation and will undergo counseling. She must also register as a sex offender for life.
The former English teacher had faced 41 felony counts of sex crimes with three underage students.
She pleaded guilty to six of the charges; the remaining counts were dismissed.
Whitehurst was arrested on July 1, weeks after giving birth to the child.
A relative of the newborn’s teenage father first alerted the school district about the relationship six weeks before Whitehurst’s arrest, according to a search warrant.