Carrie Cabri Witt: Sex pest teacher says it's her 'constitutional right' to sleep with students
Carrie Witt, 47, had sex with two of her students, aged 17 and 18, and pleading guilty to the act
MORGAN COUNTY, ALABAMA: A former Alabama high school teacher, 47, was sentenced to 18 months in state jail after she claimed it was her constitutional right to have sex with two of her students, aged 17 and 18, and pleading guilty to the act.
In a similar incident of a teacher sexually abusing their students, Christina Sosbe, who had sex with two teenaged boys at a hotel got a 54-month jail term. In June, Australian teacher Monica Young broke down in tears as the court heard how she groomed a teen student into having sex with her, even daring the minor to engage in sex acts on several occasions.
Less than a week ago, a Florida teacher, who branded herself as the 'biology bombshell', was apprehended for allegedly discussing sex toys and asking a student his penis size. In another shocking case, a 90-page report released by the upscale Thacher School detailed episodes of alleged rape, groping and unwanted touching going back 40 years.
Who is Carrie Witt?
Carrie Cabri Witt, 47, was a teacher at Decatur High School in Alabama. According to her LinkedIn profile, she is listed as a secondary teacher of history and psychology. She was previously a social sciences teacher at Marshall Co. Schools in Tennessee. She graduated in 1996 from Auburn University with a Bachelor's degree in Education and History.
She was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Thursday, although she will only serve a year and a half, followed by another 18 months in a community corrections program. Her sentence will be served on probation for the remainder of her time in prison, the Daily Mail reported. Witt will have to register as a sex offender as well.
"I'm ashamed. I don't think I've ever been more ashamed of myself," she said in court. Witt was teaching history, psychology, and social studies at Decatur High School, as well as coaching the varsity girls' golf team and junior varsity cheerleading, when she was accused in March 2016 with having sexual contact with two students, ages 17 and 18, at the time of the incidents.
Witt was within her constitutional rights to have sex with those pupils, according to her lawyers, because the age of consent in Alabama is 16. They also claimed that state rules prohibiting instructors from having sex with their kids in Alabama are "unconstitutional", WSET reported. They contended that because she was a school employee, she was being prosecuted for a consensual relationship, which violated her 14th Amendment right to privacy and equal protection. Prosecutors disagreed, claiming that such regulations are both constitutional and essential in order to protect children from sexual solicitations by instructors.
The teacher was defended by a former pupil with whom she had had intercourse, who told the judge that their connection was consensual. Witt's lawyer, Robert Tuten, informed WAAY that his client has opted not to seek a federal appeal due to the financial and emotional costs of the case.
As WAAY revealed in 2018, Witt stayed on paid administrative leave until she resigned over two years later, after receiving $116,412 from the district.