New Milford mother sentenced in sex assault
Published 12:47 pm, Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Brittany Larson, 29, looked little older than a teenager herself when she was sentenced Tuesday on charges related to having sex with a 16-year-old student.
Larson was sentenced on an agreed upon charge of third-degree sexual assault to a 10-year prison sentence, suspended after nine months, to be followed by 10 years of probation.
She must register as a sex offender.
Larson engaged in a sexual relationship between May 2011 to December 2011 with a then 16-year-old student at Devereux Glenholme School in Washington, according to the state's attorney.
Computer contact was made by Larson with the student, which led to the relationship, State's Attorney Terri Sonnemann told the court.
"There was no force or coercion used. The acts were consensual," Sonnemann told the court.
Neither the victim nor his parents appeared in court for the sentencing.
Larson, a petite blonde with hair pulled back in a bun, appeared shaken Tuesday.
"I am severely sorry for the all the pain suffered by the victim and his family. I deeply regret my behavior," Dwyer read from the letter.
"I have been a proud and loving mother, wife and friend," Larson's letter continued. "I am deeply saddened about the time I will be away from my daughter and family. I pray that God will sustain me."
Ginocchio expressed sympathy for Larson, telling her, "I know you are upset, but your life will go on."
"I've watched you come in over the years and there is no question in my mind that you are truly remorseful," the judge said. "I know you want to continue your relationship with your husband and child."
"This court gets no satisfaction in this sentencing. But there cannot be a relationship like this between a teacher and a student," Ginocchio added. "There is legislation that must be honored."