Thursday, November 18, 2010
NECN reports that 38-year old Rachel Holt, a former elementary school teacher who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for having sex more than 25 times in a single week with a 13-year-old student has been denied clemency. She also gave the minor alcohol. Holt, who was arrested in 2006, was seeking a commutation of sentence from the Delaware Board of Pardons, which needed only 30 minutes to make its decision. Holt was said to have been "gasping" after the decision "wept as she was escorted out of the hearing room." NECN also reports that the commutation application "was supported by prison officials but opposed by prosecutors." Holt's lawyer notes that other teachers who have had sex with students have received lesser sentences. See story here.