Ex-substitute teacher pleads to booze charges in sex case

AP News
Posted: Feb 24, 2015 2:42 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former substitute teacher accused of having sex with two 18-year-old students while her husband was away has pleaded guilty to giving them alcohol but not having sex with them.

Under Monday's plea bargain, 26-year-old Tiffany Leiseth of Moon Township lost her Pennsylvania teacher's license and will spend a year on probation.

Leiseth's attorney, Michael DeRiso, said Tuesday the outcome was appropriate because the boys were old enough to consent to sex. Police and Allegheny County prosecutors had argued the boys couldn't legally consent because of their student-teacher relationship with Leiseth.

The teens both testified at a preliminary hearing that the substitute English teacher at New Brighton High School sent them nude cellphone pictures and text messages before and after their separate sexual encounters last year.