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Ex-teacher sentenced to jail for relationship with student

5 years of probation to follow time behind bars

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Smith, who will also have to register as a sex offender, has been in the jail since June, when her bail was revoked for rekindling the relationship for which she was originally arrested last October.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.


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