A former kindergarten teacher from Texas will spend the next decade behind bars for having sex with multiple underage students as part of a plea deal that will see her register as a sex offender for the rest of her life and surrender her teaching license.
Heather Lee Robertson, a 39-year-old who taught 5-year-olds in Lufkin, stood accused of having sexual intercourse with at least six high school students, KTRE reported. She pleaded guilty to seven sexual assault of a child charges and seven improper relationship with a student charges.
“An investigation revealed that Robertson, a former kindergarten teacher in Hudson ISD, had sexual intercourse with at least six Hudson students between November 2016 and February of 2017,” a press release for the district attorney’s office revealed. “Forensic interviews of the students revealed that Robertson invited the boys to her Lufkin apartment in order to have sex.”
One such incident saw Robertson trick a parent into dropping their child off at her apartment “under the guise of helping her move furniture,” only for the educator and the student to have sex inside Robertson’s residence.
According to the press release, each of the charges Robertson faced were punishable by anywhere from two to 20 years in prison. It is not clear what factors led to Robertson being handed a relatively lenient plea deal.
Parent Misty Dodson, whose son had Robertson as a teacher before the allegations came to light, claimed to have seen warning signs that the teacher was behaving improperly.
“I hate to see someone’s life be ruined but think about all those parents of the other children and what they think and what they’re going through,” she said, opining that she thought Robertson’s punishment was too light.
However, Assistant District Attorney Todd Dillon argued that a plea deal was the best way to keep the victims safe.
“We’re happy that we were able to get this matter concluded without re-victimizing the victims,” he said. “Putting them through a jury trial would be asking these young men to do a lot, so this was a good resolution for everybody.”