Linda Trabucco's sentence a reminder that teachers shouldn't bang their teenage students

Unexpectedly spicy release from the First Judicial District Attorney's Office about Linda Trabucco, 44, a former teacher who was sentenced today to sex offender probation of five years to live and five years in community corrections for a three-year relationship with a student that began when he was in ninth grade.

The account talks about how the relationship began innocently enough. But soon, lunch hour chats begat hand-holding, which begat hugging, which begat kissing, which begat -- well, it begat a whole lot of begatting, at his parents' house and a Highlands Ranch love nest Trabucco purchased.

It was all very sordid -- and on view below:

Former English Teacher Sentenced for Sex Assault of Student

A former English teacher at the Collegiate Academy in Littleton was sentenced today for sexually assaulting a male student from 2003 to 2005. Linda Lewis Trabucco, 44, was sentenced to Sex Offender Intensive Supervision Probation for five years to life with five years in community corrections as a condition of probation. She must also register as a sex offender.

The teen met Trabucco when he was in seventh grade. When he was in the ninth grade he was in her English class. He reported to police that their relationship began when he was a freshman and lasted throughout high school.

The relationship began innocently, with the teen staying in Trabucco's classroom, just talking, during his lunch break and after school. He said at first they were just friends and he would talk to her about a friend of his who had moved away. They gradually began holding hands and kissing which led to hugging and touching. The relationship eventually became sexual. Trabucco told him that she loved him.

The teen said they engaged in sexual activity numerous times at his parent's house. Trabucco was married and living with her husband and children during some of her relationship with the teen. She later divorced and bought a house in Highlands Ranch where she and the teen continued to engage in sexual activity.

In the last year of the relationship Trabucco and the teen began to meet on weekends at a bookstore where Trabucco would tutor the teen to help prepare him for his college entrance exams. After these weekend sessions they would walk around a nearby lake and kiss and hug which would often lead to sex.

Trabucco pled guilty to sexual assault of a child by a person in a position of trust, a class four felony, on February 3, 2010.

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