A former Lauderhill Middle School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student entered a no contest plea to aggravated child abuse charges Monday, accepting a punishment of three years in prison instead of a lifetime as a registered sex offender.
Kristen Nicole Sullivan, 27, was immediately granted a furlough and will have to surrender to begin her prison term by 8:30 a.m. Jan. 3. If she fails to appear, Broward Circuit Judge Lisa Porter said, the three years will be increased to 90 years.
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Police arrested Sullivan in April 2010 after a Lauderhill Middle School student claimed he had a sexual relationship with her that lasted nearly a year. Police said the relationship was revealed when the boy's girlfriend found incriminating text messages on his cellphone — a gift from Sullivan for the boy's 14th birthday.