Monday, August 4, 2008

Keri Ann Brekne pleads guilty to sex assault on student

Warren County teacher pleads guilty to sex assault on student

by Mike Frassinelli/The Star-Ledger
Thursday July 31, 2008, 3:04 PM

Already facing up to 50 years in prison in Pennsylvania, Warren County teacher Keri Ann Brekne now faces up to a decade behind bars in New Jersey after pleading guilty today to a charge that she sexually assaulted one of her female students.

Lopatcong Township Middle School teacher Brekne, 28, pleaded guilty in Warren County today to a second-degree sexual assault charge. Earlier this month, she pleaded guilty in Pennsylvania to five counts of aggravated indecent assault that each carry penalties of between 22 months and 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Brekne systematically befriended the then-14-year-old student and her parents before sexually assaulting the girl between June 2007 and January 2008 in the teacher's vehicle in New Jersey and at the teacher's home in Bethlehem, Pa.

The teacher showered the student with gifts, told her that her friends weren't good enough for her and, after the student's parents made her turn in her cell phone at the end of each day, bought the girl a "secret cell phone" so she could text her late into the night, prosecutors said.

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Note from Gag:

I wish I had a secret cell phone from Keri. Call me babe! After you lose weight in prison first, of course...