Daily Mail reports:
A 31-year-old former kindergarten teacher in Wisconsin has been jailed for two years after being found guilty of having sex with a teenage boy.
Elizabeth Dillett pleaded guilty in October to two felony charges — two counts of sexual assault of a child by a person who works or volunteers with children.
‘She preyed on my son and used our friendship for access to him,’ said the victim’s father in court Friday. ‘I blame myself for trusting her.’
At one stage, Dillet begged the boy’s parents not to report her to the police.
Texts sent to the boy’s dad said she would ‘do anything to keep her name out of the public.’
Dillett, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, was the athletic director at St. Peter-Immanuel Lutheran School where she taught kindergarten.
The victim was not a current student at the school it is believed the pair got to know one another through athletics training.
Dillett first had sex with the teen at her home in late February, before there next encounter inside the school in mid-March. She gave the boy condoms for each session.
She had been on paid leave since April, when the allegations first came to light.
‘This isn’t a circumstance where my client had some plan to have a relationship with the victim,’ said Joshua Sheri, Dillett’s defense attorney.
But the prosecutor disagreed and described Dillett as manipulative.
The victim’s father also made a statement in court describing how her son’s innocence was stolen.
‘We have recognized that our son believed that he was in a healthy relationship. His opinions regarding relationships has become distorted since this incident,’ said the victim’s father.
In court, Dillett apologized to her family, and also to the victim’s family.
‘I broke your trust and our friendship. I know I crossed the line with your son and your family and it was very inappropriate of me,’ Dillett said.
Fox6 reports Dillett was shaking as the judge dispensed his sentence.
‘I am certain that you were well aware of where it was and how dangerous this was. How irresponsible this was,’ said Judge Joseph Donald. “You’re loved, respected and cherished. But for some reason you either lost sight of that or couldn’t accept it.”
Dillett now has to register as a sex offender and is to have no contact with children under the age of 17.