Windsor

Former elementary teacher sentenced to 1 year in jail for sexual relationship with student

Former Catholic elementary teacher Christina Albini has been sentenced to one year in jail after pleading guilty to having a sexual relationship with a student.

The suspended Christ the King teacher was arrested in July

Former Windsor Catholic elementary teacher, Christina Albini, leaves court on Monday May 1, 2017. (Stacey Janzer/CBC)

Former Catholic elementary teacher Christina Albini has been sentenced to one year in jail after pleading guilty to sexual interference — touching the body of a person under the age of 16 for a sexual purpose.

The suspended Christ the King Catholic Elementary School teacher was arrested in July in connection with the relationship. She was taken into custody again in September after police found evidence of alleged child pornography on a cell phone.

Her sentence also includes three years of probation.

"She's frightened to go to jail," said Patrick Ducharme, Albini's lawyer. "But it's the type of crime that the government insisted that it's serious enough that people have to go to jail and she accepts that."

Christina Albini admitted to picking the boy up in her purple Dodge Challenger and driving him to her home where they had sex.

In court, the judge acknowledged Albini's guilty plea, which spared the victim and victim's family suffering through a prolonged trial.

"We told the prosecution from day one that this young man would never have to go through testimony," Ducharme said. "That would be a trauma in and of itself."

Albini would pick up the boy in her purple Dodge Challenger and take him to her home where they would have sex, according to an agreed statement of facts read in court at the beginning of May.

Albini's status is listed as suspended for the non-payment of fees on the the Ontario College of Teachers website, which cites bail conditions imposed in June of 2016 preventing Albini from communicating or being in the company of any males under the age of 16. 

The Ontario College of Teachers is moving forward with its own investigation now that the criminal case is done, said spokesperson Brian Jameison. He added the college can't offer any specifics on the matter, but will put a notice of hearing on their website when the investigation is finished. 

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