A physical education teacher accused of having sex with an eighth-grade student in 2012 was sentenced to 20 years in prison and lifetime supervised probation.
Nicole Renee Wooten was sentenced Monday by Judge Sherry Stephens in Maricopa County Superior Court for attempted molestation of a child, sexual conduct with a minor and attempted sexual conduct with a minor.
As per her plea agreement, Wooten will also have to register as a sex offender after her release.
Wooten, 36 at the time, was booked into jail in February 2013 on three counts of sexual conduct with a minor.
Wooten was a PE teacher at Herrera School for the Fine Arts and Dual Language in Phoenix.
The victim notified police on Nov. 1, 2012.
According to court documents, during the school year from August 2005 to May 2006, the victim, who was then 12 years old, alleged Wooten engaged her in a sexual relationship while in Tempe.
Police later learned the alleged sex acts occurred was in Mesa. The student claimed Wooten touched her inappropriately three separate times at the teacher's apartment.
"These are very serious crimes, they are something that's looked at as very serious," Sgt. Michael Pooley with Tempe police said. "It's a very tragic thing for educators and we want to get these people away from children."
The victim, now 20, confronted Wooten about the alleged incidents and Tempe police officers arrested Wooten later that day. Police said Wooten admitted to the sexual encounters.
The district said they sent a letter home to parents the day after Wooten's arrest, saying the acts took place at Wooten's home, not the school.
People with any other information about the alleged incident were asked to contact the Tempe Police Department at 480-350-8311.
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