Teacher's aide sent to prison for sex with middle school students

Published: Monday, Dec. 16 2013 2:24 p.m. MST

One of the victim's mothers spoke to the judge and pleaded with her, through tears, to sentence Billingsley to at least three years in custody. She said the victims were teased in high school and have struggled in their relationships.

"It's one thing for them to make their own choices … but to be placed in that position by an adult — I apologize, but to this day just the thought of it kills me," the mother said. "She has taken away years. She's doesn't know all the impacts it's done to my kids."

Defense attorney Tara Isaacson said her client has a steady job with a landscaping company, a supportive family and two children of whom she has sole custody. She said her client was hoping to take responsibility for what she has done.

"She recognizes her conduct does have an impact on those young men and will take responsibility for that and does wish she could change what she put these boys … and their families through."

The judge said it was time Billingsley accept her punishment. "There is no justifying what she did," Barlow said.

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