Report: Florida teacher gets 3 years in prison for sex with 16-year-old

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Former Florida high school teacher Daniel Norment, 41, was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for having sex with a 16-year-old girl in a classroom.

The judge also sentenced the former teacher to four years’ probation after the completion of his prison sentence as part of a guilty plea.

However, the plea deal does not imply that the former teacher admits guilt, the Palm Beach Post reported:

Norment, 41, left a Palm Beach County courtroom handcuffed Monday morning, after accepting two “best interests” guilty pleas on one count of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and one count of insults against students by authorities — both second-degree felonies.

As part of the plea, Norment admits no guilt. However, he agrees that an IOU is in his best interest.

Norment also agreed not to interact with minors, work in schools, and attend a sex offender treatment program.

The victim, now an 18-year-old college student, recently filed a lawsuit against the Palm County School District and the school board, accusing them of not interfering with Norment’s care, which ultimately led the former teacher to sexually assault the student.

According to the lawsuit, the victim alleges that Norment began nursing her when she was one of his students at Independence Middle School in Jupiter, Florida, when she was in eighth grade.

Before the victim entered high school, they exchanged cell phone numbers.

Norment then invited the student to come back to school, knowing she would need community service hours to graduate, but they ended up spending time together in class.

In September 2019, the former teacher invited the then 16-year-old student to a classroom where he sexually assaulted her.

The lawsuit alleges that the school administrators knew there were red flags in Norment’s behavior but did nothing to intervene.

An administrator met the victim after the attack to ask if anything had happened between her and Norment. The student said she was too embarrassed and afraid at the time to admit what had happened and denied it.

The lawsuit alleges that Norment would bring students into his classroom to “advise” them.

He was also removed from coaching the girl’s basketball team after it was reportedly discovered that he would have students change clothes in his classroom.

While the victim waited two and a half years to report the incident to authorities, she did so with the intent to keep other students away from Norment.

The 41-year-old was arrested in May and his employment at the school ended on July 1. His teaching certificate was also surrendered, according to WPTV.

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