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UPDATE: Teacher Busted for Lesbian Sex with 17-year old Student Gets Probation in Utah

 An update to  this story .

An update to this story.

(KSL.com) — The judge said he "struggled mightily" with what to do with former Riverton High School teacher Courtney Jarrell.

On the one hand, she was a teacher who became sexually involved with a student and 3rd District Judge Bruce Lubeck said that alone called for punishment. On the other hand, everyone in the case — including prosecutors and the victim — were asking for a sentence of probation without any time behind bars.

"Everyone involved seems to think there should be no jail," he said Tuesday. "I've gone back and forth and back and forth I won't say how many times, because still and all … you were a teacher and she was a student. It's been very troubling."

Ultimately, the judge sentenced the 23-year-old woman to 18 months' probation, 100 hours of community service and a $900 fine. He sentenced her to one year of jail on each of three counts of sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor, but suspended the jail time.

The victim testified in August that she met Jarrell, who was also a basketball coach at the school, at an open gym for potential basketball players. She didn't end up on Jarrell's team, but said the two had a player-coach relationship and she frequented Jarrell's classroom.

She said Jarrell wrote her a note conveying that she had feelings for the then-17-year-old and that the two exchanged phone numbers. She testified that she later went to Jarrell's apartment and that while Jarrell initially told them they should wait until the girl was 18, their contact eventually escalated to sex.

The girl was at the sentencing hearing Tuesday, but did not make any comment. Prosecutor Tyson Hamilton said both the girl and her family had long felt the resolution, and lack of jail time, was appropriate.

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