A woman church teacher has been jailed after seducing a 16-year-old student for repeated sex romps knowing she was almost 20 years older than him.
Courtney Bingham, 36, met the teen at Bethany Baptist Church in Loudon, Virginia, where she served as a youth leader and the age of consent is 18.
The boy reported to police that they had had sex at her home and in her driveway at least 10 times.
Bingham sent sexually explicit photos of the two of them having sex, mostly taken at her home.
Detective Sgt. Jason Smith, of the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office, said: “She chaperoned him at several church events.”
He said she had been supervising the teenager when he was a member of a youth group at her church.
According to Knox News, the church teacher she had had sex with the boy, but claimed it was only three or four times.
The disgraced teacher was given a 12-year sentence for her crimes.
Legal chiefs said the age difference is taken into account with the aggravating factor part of the charges she faced.
They were four counts of aggravated statutory rape and one count of solicitation of a minor to commit statutory rape by an authority figure.
The Loudon County woman pleaded to them all after it was claimed the pair had sex together at least 10 times, 10News reports.
The charges state she sexually abused a 16-year-old boy who was a member of a youth group at her church, according to officials. The relationship lasted throughout November and December 2018, officials said.
Courtney Bingham, 36, given a 12-year sentence, will be put on the sex offender registry for life and will subject to monitoring.
A statement from Russell Johnson, the District Attorney General for Loudon, Roane, Morgan and Meigs Counties, says Bingham admitted to being in a position of trust when she solicited the victim for sex through digital communication.
The arrest came one day after the victim’s father contacted the sheriff’s office about the relationship, arrest warrants show, according to Knox News.
“We are glad to get this resolved with the defendant admitting her wrongdoing. Hopefully, this outcome will serve as a cautionary tale for others who are tempted to find themselves in similar situations,” said Mr Johnson.
She will now turn herself into the Loudon County Jail on October 11 to go into custody and begin serving her sentence.
She will serve at least a third of her term in Tennessee Department of Correction custody before she is eligible for the possibility of parole, according to officials.
“Part of the reason for pressing this case to trial, which resulted in what I consider to be a significant result for the State, was the difference in ages between the defendant and victim, the defendant’s position of trust in the church, and her prior multiple felony criminal history,” said Mr Johnson.
It comes as a jury heard British married teacher Kandice Barber romped with her 15-year-old alleged victim in her favourite sex position.
The teacher’s trial at Aylesbury Crown Court heard a schoolboy claim they had sex in “doggy-style”.
She is accused of having sex with the boy, who was 15 at the time, three times after exchanging messages on social media site Snapchat in September 2018.