Married Teacher Sentenced for Having Sex with Student After Surprise GMA Appearance

Married Teacher Sentenced for Having Sex with Student After Surprise GMA Appearance
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A 33-year-old mar­ried Arkansas teacher has been sen­tenced to over a decade in prison for engag­ing in sex­u­al activ­i­ty with one of her students. 

Heather Hare, a for­mer home eco­nom­ics teacher at Bryant High School, was sen­tenced to 13 years in fed­er­al prison and an addi­tion­al 20 years in a con­cur­rent state case for hav­ing sex with a 17-year-old stu­dent on numer­ous occasions.

Hare first made head­lines in 2020 when she was sur­prised on “Good Morn­ing Amer­i­ca” by her stu­dents say­ing good­bye after her class was can­celed dur­ing the COVID-19 pandemic.

How­ev­er, the once-beloved teacher lat­er abused her posi­tion of trust, giv­ing the vic­tim her per­son­al phone num­ber and com­mu­ni­cat­ing with him through social media.

Over the 2021–2022 school year, Hare engaged in sex­u­al activ­i­ty with the stu­dent between 20 and 30 times in var­i­ous loca­tions, includ­ing her home, her car, the class­room, and the high school’s park­ing lots. The pair also had sex dur­ing an April 2022 school trip to Wash­ing­ton D.C. that Hare was chaperoning.

“Teach­ers who have sex with their minor stu­dents should take note of today’s sen­tence for Ms. Hare which reflects the con­se­quences of abus­ing her posi­tion of trust and tak­ing advan­tage of the vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty of this minor to repeat­ed­ly engage in unlaw­ful sex­u­al activ­i­ty,” said Unit­ed States Attor­ney Jonathan Ross dur­ing the sentencing.

In addi­tion to her prison sen­tence, Hare was ordered to serve a life­time of super­vised release. The case serves as a stark reminder of the seri­ous con­se­quences that can befall edu­ca­tors who exploit their students.

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