In February, charges were levied against 27-year-old Nebraska teacher Emily Lofing after she was accused of having sex with one of her 16-year-old students. Lofing, who is married, faced a misdemeanor charge of debauching a minor and on Monday was sentenced to 90 days in prison. According to WOWT, she could be released in 53 days on good behavior.
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In Nebraska, the age of consent is 16, and Lofing reportedly had sex with the student on his 16th birthday. Her attorney said that the incident was the result of a mental breakdown. The judge noted, “You were less than 24 hours from a felony here.” WOWT reports that Lofing will be on probation for two years after she is released; she pleaded no contest.
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The mother of the student reportedly wrote an email to the Weeping Water School District, where Lofing formerly taught, saying that she believed there may have been a sexual relationship between her son and the teacher. The language arts teacher moved to the Nebraska City School District, where she completed just over half the 2016-2017 school year. Lofing resigned in February, after the allegations came to light. According to the Omaha World-Herald, Lofing met the student for sex in July, and when officials at Nebraska City discovered the allegations, she was placed on administrative leave.