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Teacher gets 5 years for sex with teen students

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FORT WORTH, Texas -

A Tarrant County jury convicted a former high school English teacher and sentenced her to five years in prison for having an improper relationship with five of her students.

Brittni Colleps, 28, showed little emotion as the guilty verdict was read.

The trial of the former Kennedale High School teacher contained salacious and sometimes embarrassing testimony for both the students and Colleps.

Jurors watched a video of Colleps having sex with at least two students, read racy text messages and listened to the young men recount what happened during their group sex encounters.

All of the young men were at least 18 at the time of the encounters, which happened in the spring of 2011. However, Texas law makes it illegal for an educator to have a sexual relationship with a student, no matter what the age.

On the stand on Thursday, one of the former students testified he did not feel like a victim at the time. When asked by the defense attorney if he felt like a victim now, the young man replied, "No."

Colleps did cry at one point in court, indicating she never wanted the case to go to trial.

It took jurors only about an hour to convict Colleps. But it took them longer to decide she should receive five years behind bars. She had faced between two and 20 years in prison for each count or could have received probation.

Her husband took the stand during the punishment phase of the trial and asked the jury to give his wife probation for the sake of their children.

He said he was very angry and hurt by his wife's actions, but admitted the two of them have had group sex with other consenting adults in the past.

He also said people who call him an idiot for wanting to remain married to her just don't understand.

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