Ex-teacher's aide sentenced for teen sex

October 20, 2009 4:05:44 AM PDT
A judge has sentenced a 45-year-old former teacher's aide at a southern New Jersey school to five years in prison for sexually assaulting a male student.

Donna Goebel maintained her innocence during sentencing in court Monday. The 45-year-old Westampton resident expressed "extreme regrets" for what she called an "uncharacteristic situation."

The 16-year-old testified that the two had sex several times in early 2008.

The judge said he had great difficulty painting Goebel as a predator because she was in an awful marriage.

The judge said consensual sex between a 16-year-old and an adult is legal except when the adult holds a position like a teacher's aide.


Information from: Courier-Post, http://www.courierpostonline.com/