Following a guilty plea to having sex with two of her students, an Alabama high school teacher was sentenced to ten years in state prison last week.
Carrie Cabri Witt, now 48, will serve a year and a half in state prison, another year and a half in the community corrections program, and the remainder of her sentence on probation.
This sentence comes after a lengthy court struggle that lasted more than five years.
Witt, according to WAAY 31, was a history and psychology teacher. She also coached JV cheer and girls’ golf. In 2016, she was detained after having sex with two male pupils.
At the time, they were 17 and 18 years old. She was on paid administrative leave for over two years. After that, she resigned.
While sex scandals, particularly those involving teachers/students, have a tendency to go national due to their salacious nature, Witt’s case made national headlines after a local (now retired) judge ruled that an Alabama law prohibiting school staff from having sex with students under the age of 19 was unconstitutional.
The sex, according to Witt, was voluntary. According to Alabama law, anybody 16 or older who is not disabled can agree to sex.
State laws prohibiting sex between a student and a school staff, according to her legal team, are unconstitutional.
They further said that while other laws exist to protect individuals who are unable to agree, they were inapplicable in this case.
Prosecutors claimed that the legislation was constitutional and that it was necessary to protect kids from sexual solicitations by school employees.
The case was remanded to the county judiciary by Alabama’s state Supreme Court. Witt pleaded guilty to one count of a school employee participating in a sex act with a pupil under the age of 19 earlier in 2021, despite the fact that no plea agreement was in place at the time. The other count was thrown out.
According to the Decatur Daily, she apologized in court. “I’m embarrassed. She admitted, “I don’t think I’ve ever felt more embarrassed of myself.”
She went on to say that her integrity and “capacity to be a mother” had been questioned since the news surfaced.
According to the publication, one of her victims stated that he disagreed with the legislation prohibiting school personnel from having sex with kids.
The intercourse between them was described as consenting by that ex-student, who also stated that “the offense does not match the punishment.”
Witt faced a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail. She’ll have to register as a sex offender as well.
— Shevaun Bryan (@finessebryan) March 21, 2016