Former VA substitute teacher gets max sentence for 'sexting' teen

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) -- A Grayson County jury found former Van Alstyne ISD substitute teacher Kristen Jackson guilty Wednesday of sale, distribution, or display of harmful material to a minor.

On Thursday, the jury handed down the maximum sentence to Jackson -- one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

"It's been a long road, a great weight off my family's shoulders," said the victim's father. "It took a lot of courage for my son to get up in front of everyone and recount everything that’s gone on. Today, the predator's off the streets."

Prosecutors said 36-year-old Jackson began asking inappropriate sexual questions to a 16-year-old student about his girlfriend last school year. The victim said she also inappropriately touched her at a basketball game.

On June 5, prosecutors said Jackson added the victim and several other young men on Snapchat. The victim said he got a nude photo of her lower back tattoo followed by inappropriate comments and a video of her fully nude front side.

That's when the victim and his parents told police.

Jackson said she meant to send the nude photos and video to another person on Snapchat with the same first name.

Jurors didn't buy it and found her guilty in less than 30 minutes.

Jackson was in court this past Friday for a scheduled plea agreement, but the judge did not accept the agreement and ordered the trial.

"The jury sent a message to this community," said prosecutor Matt Rolston. "There's no tolerance here."

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