READING, Pa. - A former teacher arrested not once but twice for having a relationship with one of her students will continue to serve time behind bars.
A Berks County judge on Monday ordered Holly Smith, a former teacher at Hamburg Area High School, to serve 364 to 726 days in the Berks County Jail, followed by five years' probation.
"I would hope that this sentence would send a chilling effect to teachers, students," said District Attorney John Adams.
Smith, who will also have to register as a sex offender, has been in the jail since June, when her bail was revoked for rekindling the relationship for which she was originally arrested last October.
Monday's sentence came after Smith admitted to contacting the teen through a messaging app and then disposing of the phone she used.
As a result of the admission, prosecutors withdrew the second set of charges against Smith for rekindling the relationship in order to relieve stress on the victim's family.
"The family of the victim will not have to go through these proceedings again," Adams said.
Reading police have identified the victim of Tuesday's fatal shooting in the 100 block of South Third Street.Read More »
- Fightins, Sea Dogs final game cancelled in the fifth inning
- Royals unveil sleek new purple sweaters for 2019-20
- More details emerge about fundraiser for boy shot in Reading
- USPS holds job fair to fill vacancies, showcase careers
- After spin-off from Novartis, Alcon reports 2nd quarter loss
- Reading Royals will skate into 2019-20 season with new look
- Updated Pottstown police have stepped up patrols, community involvement in response to shootings
- Updated Senator Casey reads from Mueller Report, supports Biden in Bethlehem Township
- Boy makes his birthday about someone else by donating tent to homeless man
- Reading man fatally shot inside city apartment building
- Easton couple says the proof is in the pudding
- Complete Count Committee determined to count as many people as possible for 2020 census
- Easton police officer involved in car crash while responding to Route 22 crash
- Updated Allentown City Council approves extending deadline for approval of interim department heads
- Officials break ground for Upper Bucks Rail Trail
- Northampton County gives West Easton's newly formed police department financial boost