On August 2 in Tomball, Texas, Marka Bodine, former Tomball Intermediate School teacher, entered a guilty plea for the charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child. When first arrested, she was charged with aggravated sexual assault against a child under the age of 14.
Harris County Democrat Judge Greg Glass sentenced Bodine to 60 days in jail, ten years probation, and delayed adjudication after the court “found sufficient evidence of guilt but made no finding of guilt.”
At the time of her arrest, it was believed Bodine might receive an enhanced first-degree felony charge, which could have landed her 25 years in prison. According to court records, the state recommended 20 to 50 years. Instead, extra to the 60 days in jail and probation, Bodine must register as a sex offender and undergo counselling.
Bodine will not immediately be imprisoned, however. Since she recently gave birth — not to the victim’s child according to KPRC — she will not have to report to jail until June 5, 2023.
ABC13 reports that Bodine abused the student for three years, starting when the student was in the 6th grade and was approximately 12 years old. Bodine raped the student when he turned 13, and admitted to doing so both in her car and in her classroom. The age of sexual consent in Texas is 17.
Bodine, who ultimately taught at the Tomball ISD school for seven years, began grooming the child via the multiplayer video game “Fortnite.” She later started texting the student and sending pornographic photographs of herself (between 25 and 40 in total by her own admission).
Original Article: https://www.theblaze.com/news/marka-bodine-only-gets-60-days-for-victimizing-child