BRYANT (KATV) - A former Bryant High School teacher will spend time behind bars. Police say Courtney Speer abused her trust and had a sexual relationship with a student, starting in the summer of 2012.
Family and friends gathered around Courtney Speer Monday as they waited for her turn in court. By the looks of it, they attempted to shield her from the camera.
The investigation started when Bryant police were notified of the allegations by a school resource officer. At the time, the teen was Speer's former student.
October 1, 2012, Speer resigned from the Bryant School District. Two days later, the 31-year old mother of two, was charged with having sex with a 17-year old. She turned herself in, only to be released in minutes after paying a percentage of the 20-thousand dollar bond.
That same week, Speer's husband of 10-years filed for divorce.
According to statements made to police by the teen, the first sexual encounter was in the school parking lot. It reportedly happened at least six times, four times her car in Bryant and twice at her family home in Benton.
Monday afternoon, Speer walked out of the Saline County Courthouse in hand cuffs. She plead guilty to four of the six counts of sexual assault in the second degree.
Although she has been sentenced to 15 years at an Arkansas Department of Correction facility, 8 are suspended. She will have to serve seven years.
Speer has two children with her ex-husband.
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