US teacher having 'sex with students' video shown to jury
Washington, Aug 16 (ANI): The jury has now seen the video of the former Texas teacher who was accused of having sex with her students.
Brittni Colleps is said to have had sex with five students while she was a teacher and coach at Kennedale High School, Fox News reported.
The students were 18 or older at the time. They used pseudonyms in court.
If convicted, Colleps, a 28-year-old married mother of three, could be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison and a 10,000-dollar fine on each of five charges of an improper relationship between an educator and student.
Colleps stood without speaking when asked by state District Judge Ruben Gonzalez how she pleaded, causing the judge to enter her plea as "not guilty." Her attorney, Lex Johnston, did not give an opening statement Tuesday.
One of the students "Aaron," now 20, testified that he had sexual intercourse with Colleps five times in the spring of 2011, four of which involved group sex with other male students.
Jurors were shown a graphic cellphone video of the last encounter, which Aaron testified showed Colleps having sex with Aaron and three other students.
The video, taken on Aaron's phone by another student, did not show Colleps' face.
It showed a woman's back as she was having intercourse with at least two different students while the others were in the room.
Shown to reporters after the trial adjourned for the day, the video occasionally panned the faces of the students as they laughed, smiled and made hand gestures for the camera.
Aaron testified that the woman in the video was Colleps, pointing out a distinctive tattoo on her lower back.
He said that Colleps had remarked, "Don't put the light in my eyes" as the other student, "Jordan," began filming.
Johnston objected to the admission of the video as evidence, arguing that it was illegally made because Colleps was unaware she was being videotaped and had not given her consent.
Gonzalez overruled Johnston's objection.
A second former student-"Mark Wall"-testified that Aaron had asked him to hook him up with Colleps after Mark confided that he had had sex with Colleps.
Mark testified that he began exchanging e-mails, and later texts and phone calls, with Colleps in April 2011 after he initially "poked" her on Facebook and she poked back.
He said the topic soon turned sexual, and the two eventually made plans to have sex.
Mark paused occasionally, seemingly embarrassed, as he testified that Colleps picked him up near his house and drove him to her house, where they had sex two days in a row.
After that, he said, he got back together with a girlfriend and did not have sex with Colleps again.
Both Mark and Aaron testified that Colleps told them not to tell anyone about their encounters or she would get in trouble and lose her teacher's certificate. (ANI)
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