Teacher Who Had Sex With Student is Pregnant
SAN DIEGO - A high school special-education teacher who admitted having sex with one of her 17-year-old former students is pregnant with his child.
Kelly McKenzy Watson, 34, was sentenced to three years of probation and time in county jail Wednesday for having a sexual relationship with the former student.
They judge allowed Watson to be released from jail early, in April, because she is due to give birth later that month. She will not be required to serve additional jail time if she successfully completes probation.
The 34-year-old was visibly emotional during Wednesday's sentencing hearing. The 17-year-old boy was also present, and prosecutors noted he too was crying when Watson was sentenced.
Watson will not have to register as a sex offender. A psychological evaluation suggested she was not a deviant, and had a low risk of re-offending.
Watson was arrested last Aug. 9 on suspicion of sexually assaulting the boy, who she met when he was a student in her class at the New Haven residential school in Vista, said Lt. Anastasia Smith of the San Diego Police Department.
The lieutenant said Watson was the boy's teacher at New Haven for several semesters from September 2010 until August 2011. New Haven works with troubled and at-risk teens.
San Diego police sex crimes detectives received a tip on July 30 about inappropriate conduct between Watson and the former student and later determined she had a dating relationship with the boy several months earlier, Smith said.
Watson had been a highly respected special-education teacher for the past seven years, defense attorney Paul Wallin said at her arraignment in August.