Judge calls sex crime sentence ‘too light’ for teacher

Judge calls sex crime sentence 'too light' for teacher (Image 1)

Former Sumner County teacher Devri DePriest, 27, is behind bars for allegedly having sex with two teenage boys.

Earlier this month, the middle school music teacher pleaded guilty to six counts of statutory rape.

As part of the plea deal, DePriest agreed to a 10-year sentence, which includes six months in jail. 

After her release, she will serve the remaining time on probation.

Under the terms of her probation, DePriest must register with the TBI as a sex offender, have no access to a computer, she cannot use drugs or alcohol, cannot go to areas near children and must have no contact with minors who are not relatives.

DePriest also gave up her license to teach.

But the punishment doesn't fit the crime, according to Judge Jeanine Pirro, who called it “hog wash” on the O'Reilly Factor.

DePriest had never been in trouble prior to the incident, which prosecutors say was one of many factors they considered. 

“I had spoken extensively with the victims about this agreement. They were on board with the agreement.  It was actually more than they had asked me to get,” said Asst. District Attorney Jayson Criddle.

Criddle called the agreement “fair.”

Judge Pirro went on to say six months in jail is not enough time and women should not be punished less severely than men in these cases.

Criddle was quick to point to Sandy Binkley, another former Sumner County teacher, who is currently serving a 12-year sentence for having sex with an underage male student.

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