Thursday, June 14, 2007

Work Release

Teacher sentenced to work release in student sex case

A former teacher at a treatment center for troubled youth was sentenced today in Jefferson County to four months of work release and 10 years probation for having sex with a 16-year-old student.

Michelle Leigh Tolar, 26, of Denver, was arrested July 26, 2006, and charged with one count of sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust and one count of sexual assault. She was released on bond the next day.

Tolar, who has been undergoing therapy, said at her sentencing that she has spent most of her life running away from reality.

"I realize I did him harm and would like to go on record apologizing," she said.

She said she still cared about her victim.

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