Tuesday, April 3, 2007

12 year old

Teacher sentenced for sex with boy

A Perth Amboy middle school teacher sobbed as she apologized before being sentenced yesterday to serve up to four years in prison for having repeated sexual relations with a 12-year-old male student.

"I can't even begin to tell you how sorry I am," Amy Burke, 32, of Carteret said as the term was im posed by Superior Court Judge Barbara Clark Stolte during a hear ing at the Middlesex County Courthouse.

"I'm not asking to go off scot- free because I did something wrong," Burke said, but asked the judge to consider "just a little bit of mercy at this point."

Under terms of the sentence, Burke, who is married and the mother of a 3-year-old boy, could become eligible for parole in about six months, but could serve as much as 3 1/2 more years in prison. She was credited with already serving about six months in custody since her arrest.

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