Stacy Hopkins, 29-year-old former female teacher at the Arlington High School in Arlington, Tennessee, who pleaded guilty last month to having sex with two students, has been sentenced to four years probation.
Hopkins was arrested in May 2011 after she was accused of engaging in sex with two male students along with sending them nude images of herself. She initially faced two counts of aggravated statutory rape by an authority figure and two counts of soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor. The investigation of the alleged sexual relationship between female teacher and her male students began after police received a phone call from Stacy Hopkin’s ex-boyfriend stating that Hopkins sent inappropriate text messages to two male victims. Upon further investigation, both victims advised receiving text messages containing nude images. They also advised investigators they had sexual intercourse with the suspect.
In July this year Hopkins pleaded guilty to engaging in sex with two of her male students, ages 16 and 17. She had faced up to 22 years in prison if convicted of all charges. According to the plea agreement , prosecutors dropped charges involving the photos, all charges involving one of the 17-year-old students and reduced the more serious felony charges of statutory rape by an authority figure involving the other two victims.
Hopkins was ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years.
In addition to probation, Hopkins is prohibited from having contact with the students and can hold no supervisory position involving children under 18, including as a teacher, youth counselor or even a baby sitter.