GREAT FALLS — Federal court officials have sentenced a former Montana teacher to two years in prison after she acknowledged having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student.
Former East Glacier Park teacher Sierra Shawnee Taylor was sentenced in federal court Wednesday after being indicted on sexual abuse charges in July.
The 36-year-old woman also received five years of supervised release.
Authorities say Taylor’s husband confronted his wife and the student and the student’s mother discovered notes from Taylor to her son.
A judge says the student detailed by phone how his life was affected and how he developed a lasting mistrust of women.
Authorities say a second student would have testified against Taylor had she gone to trial.
Taylor apologized in a statement.
Taylor taught a mixed-grade class that included eighth-grade students.