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Teacher Gets Probation, is Barred From Teaching For Having Sex With Students

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The Roosevelt High School Spanish teacher accused of taking two male minor students home with her to have sex with them has been sentenced to five years probation and has been barred from teaching.43-year-old Gabriela Cortez pleaded guilty back in November to six felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, according to City News Service.

Cortez' attorney pushed hard for probation for his client, arguing it would be "the just sentence." She has been ordered to undergo counseling, and cannot work in any sort of teaching, coaching, or mentoring capacity in the presence of minors other than her own child without other adults present.

The encounters took place between September 2009 and November 2010, and involved two teen boys, then ages 16 and 17, who Cortez had taken to her Montebello home. Prior to her arrest, one of Cortez' victims, both now adults, came forward to police to reveal the crime.

Had Cortez not pleaded guilty and had been found guilty at trial, she could have faced over six years in prison.