BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Former McFarland High School teacher Elvia Gonzalez was sentenced to 16 months in prison after pleading no contest to sexual intercourse with a 17-year-old student.
Gonzalez pleaded no contest in September to unlawful sexual intercourse. A felony charge of contacting a minor with the intent to commit a sexual offense was dismissed.
Officials said Elvia Gonzalez was engaging in "unlawful sexual intercourse" with the student from September 2 to October 11, according to court documents.
Gonzalez was arrested after the school confiscated the student's phone when he was discovered "walking on school campus appearing under the influence," according to documents. While the phone was in possession of school staff, one of the teachers found a missed call and text message from Gonzalez on the student's phone.
McFarland High's principal took several pictures of the text conversations between the two. Documents show that some of the text messages read," I need you so much I can't breathe without you," and " I'm only yours". Gonzalez also sent the student a picture of herself wearing a bra.
The student told McFarland PD that back in August Gonzalez offered him tutoring which led to a relationship.
McFarland Unified School District sent out a letter to the public stating that Gonzalez has been placed on administrative leave following accusations that she sexually abused the student.