Ex-Pa. teacher gets prison for sexting teen girls

The entry "sexting," photographed in New York, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, is one about a hundred new additions in the 11th edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

November 19, 2012 7:21:15 AM PST
A former northwestern Pennsylvania teacher will spend 27 months to eight years in state prison for sending sexually explicit text messages to two students.

The Herald of Sharon reports 29-year-old Kevin DeFrancesco, of Pittsburgh, was sentenced Friday by a Mercer County judge.

DeFrancesco was a social studies teacher in the Jamestown Area School District, about 70 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, when he had contact with the students last fall.

He apologized and DeFrancesco's attorney blamed the teacher's actions on heavy drinking, marijuana use and being manic-depressive.

The father of one of the girls, who were 13 and 14 at the time, told DeFrancesco and the court that he didn't buy that explanation saying, "You didn't have the 48-hour pedophilia. You're a weasel and you're a snake."