Sentence changed for former teacher who pleaded guilty to rape

Sentence changed for former teacher who pleaded guilty to rape
Charlaina Lee Morales Garcia

DALLAS COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - District Attorney Michael Jackson is upset after a Dallas County Circuit judge changed the sentence for a former teacher who pleaded guilty to rape and one other charge.

According to Jackson, Charlaina Lee Wilson, 35, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape and distributing material harmful to minors after a 2016 incident.

In September 2016, the Selma Police Department was notified of a video depicting an adult female engaged in a sexual act that was circulating on the internet and specifically among the student body at a Selma High School.

Wilson was identified as the adult in the video, and was employed at the school as an Agri-Business teacher at the time. Police said Wilson began exchanging text messages with a 15-year-old male student in one of her classes in the spring of 2016. That student said the texting eventually turned into sexting and from there, led to a sexual encounter on the school's campus.

Under Alabama law, Wilson had committed second-degree sodomy.

The student also said Wilson sent him nude videos of herself, which constituted the transmitting of obscene material to a child by computer and distributing material harmful to minors.

Wilson was notified and admitted to the offenses and said she sent the videos upon request. Wilson also said the two had engaged in two sexual encounters.

The district attorney said Wilson signed a plea deal that was for 10 years suspended, five years probation, and 14 months of jail time. Jackson said Dallas County Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins changed the sentence to "essentially give her [Wilson] unsupervised probation instead of the jail sentence that even she agreed to."

Jackson said the family of the student is "outraged" at the news.

"The young victim's family is outraged! We will appeal this outrageous miscarriage of justice. If the court system will not protect these kids who are preyed upon by predator teachers, who will?" said Jackson.

Wiggins said he would review the case every six months.

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