Female Texas teacher who had sex with a 13-year-old boy in her classroom has 60-day jail stint delayed after she gave BIRTH
- Marka Bodine was found guilty of continued sexual abuse of a child under 14
- The maximum sentence is life imprisonment – but she will serve just two months
- And Bodine won’t have to report to jail till June 2023 as she recently gave birth
- The child is not the result of abusive sexual relationship with teenage student
A Texas teacher who had sex with a 13-year-old student in her classroom during three years of abuse will not be jailed till next year as she has just given birth.
Marka Bodine, 31, was sentenced Tuesday to 60 days in prison followed by ten years’ probation.
But she will not have to report to jail in Harris County, east Texas till June 2023 as she recently gave birth.
The child is not the result of Bodine’s years-long relationship with the student, which began when he was just 13 and ended after he called the cops ‘begging for help’.
Marka Bodine (left, mugshot image and right, a social media upload) was convicted of abusing her male student from when he was 13 until just months ago. She will serve 60 days in jail
The Tomball Intermediate School teacher will spend the rest of her life on the sex offenders’ register.
Bodine’s charge, continued sexual abuse of a child under 14, carries a maximum life sentence.
Prosecutors had asked for a minimum 20 years behind bars.
The abused boy left the courtroom midway through sentencing as he was ‘very upset with the outcome’, attorney Janna Oswald said.
Ms Oswald added: ‘I’m heartbroken for the complainant and his family.
‘I’m really disappointed in the outcome as a prosecutor, a child abuse prosecutor, and I’m disappointed as a citizen of Harris County’, she told NBC Houston.
Bodine’s attorney said her sentence was ‘appropriate’, but the victim left the courtroom midway through the judge’s remarks as he was ‘very upset with the outcome’, his lawyer said
Bodine’s defence attorney said: ‘No case is like another and not every case deserves prison.
‘We believe the Judge followed the law and handed down an appropriate punishment’, attorney Dustan Neyland wrote in a statement to KPRC 2.
The investigation into Bodine was launched in April after the ex-student came forward with allegations of continues and ongoing sexual misconduct.
‘It was definitely a cry out for help,’ Tomball Police Chief Jeff Bert said.
‘He had reached out to a school, and he reached out to the police department as well, so I think he just became overwhelmed with it and reached out to us.’
Bodine (left and right) abused the boy in her classroom and in her car on several occasions, the court in Harris County, east Texas heard. Prosecutors had asked for a minimum 20 years’ jail
The boy told authorities that Bodine moved into his apartment complex after her divorce – and that the two had sex in her classroom and her car on numerous occasions, his affidavit stated.
Tomball parent Jennifer Kratky, whose daughter was taught English by Bodine at the time of her arrest, told NBC: ‘It’s really hard to wrap our minds around why someone would do such a thing, but evil exists in the world.
‘It’s even now more upsetting to find out that she was given this ridiculously light sentence.’
Court documents suggested Bodine had gone to the police, claiming that her former sixth grade student was harassing her and threatening to harm himself.
A parent of one of Bodine’s students at Tomball Intermediate School (general view pictured) said: ‘It’s really hard to wrap our minds around […] but evil exists in the world’
Bodine later reportedly admitted to having a three-year sexual relationship with that same boy, beginning in 2018 when he was just 13 years old, and sending him dozens of explicit videos and photos.
Chef Bert said the investigation has uncovered evidence in the form of social media posts and text messages, suggesting that Bodine had been grooming the victim for sex.
The Tomball Independent School District released a statement to ABC13, stressing that the case involved a former student ‘who does not currently attend Tomball ISD schools.’
According to district officials, as soon as they learned of the allegations against Bodine, she was placed on administrative leave and has since resigned.
Her LinkedIn profile indicates that Bodine had taught English at Tomball ISD for nearly six years.