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Former Mountain View High School teacher Courtney Bowles was found naked atop a student in a car in a January case that got national exposure. Two months later, she copped a plea that suggested a punishment free of jail time -- and that's the way things worked out. Her sentence: ten years of probation and registration as a sex offender.
In addition, reports the Fort Collins Coloradoan, Bowles will have to serve eighty hours of community service. And while she'll be able to see her children again -- something she had been banned from doing since her arrest -- she was ordered to steer clear of anyone else under age eighteen, including the aforementioned student.
Bowles is going through a divorce, and her attorney, Derek Samuelson, said in court that she's experienced depression that led to a brief hospitalization. "Give Ms. Bowles an opportunity to do something productive," he told the judge. "She needs to make amends with the community."
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