In Kent County Superior Court, Jennifer Suarez received a sentence of 10 years in prison, but it was suspended after six months.
Former Smyrna High School math teacher and cross country coach Jennifer Suarez was sentenced Feb. 25 to six months in prison after pleading guilty last year to committing a sexual act with a male student in the high school.
In Kent County Superior Court, Suarez received a sentence of 10 years in prison, but it was suspended after six months, according to Carl Kanefsky, public information officer with the Delaware Department of Justice.
After prison, she will serve one year of probation, Kanefsky said.
Other conditions of her sentence include no contact with the victim, his family, or his residence, and no contact with any child under 18 years of age except for her own children. She must undergo a mental health exam and complete a sexual disorders counseling program.
Suarez must also register as a tier 2 sex offender, Kanefsky said.
She pleaded guilty to fourth-degree rape Nov. 18 after allegations of sexual misconduct with a 17-year-old male student.
Suarez was arrested in April by Smyrna Police on charges of first-degree sexual abuse of a child by a person of trust. Smyrna Police Public Information Officer Cpl. Brandon Dunning said at the time allegations were brought to the attention of officers by school staff in February 2014. The investigation concluded with the arrest of Suarez on April 25.
Dunning said the investigation determined that on Feb. 11, 2014, Suarez and the victim had an alleged sexual encounter that took place on school property inside Suarez's classroom.
Suarez resigned from her teaching position at the April 16 Smyrna Board of Education meeting.