LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A former teacher at Valencia High School was sentenced on Friday for engaging in sex acts with one of her female students over a period of several years.

Rebecca Eileen Diebolt, 35, of Brea was sentenced today to 3 years, 8 months in state prison stayed pending successful completion of 5 years formal, supervised probation, completion of 180 days in county jail, and completion of all sex offender terms.

She faces four years in prison if she fails to complete her five years of formal probation.

Diebolt was arrested in June of 2014. 

She pleaded guilty on January 15th to oral copulation of a person younger than 16 and sexual penetration by a foreign object of an underage victim.

At the time of the abuse, Diebolt was a language arts teacher and also a swimming and water polo coach at the school.

According to authorities, Diebolt engaged in sex acts with the victim on multiple times between 2004 and 2008, when the victim was just 15.

The encounters occurred in the classroom as well as at her the teacher’s home.

Diebolt must also register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.

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Comments (2)
  1. Barbara says:

    The sex offender law/registry is unfair and probably unconstitutional. Nothing legally or morally justifies taking away anyone’s constitutional rights, publicly shaming them and their families forever, and making their rehabilitation impossible. But that’s precisely what we have done with the notorious sex offender registry, which now includes nearly 800,000 people. This totally ignores whether an individual has been rehabilitated. It is meant to be a lifelong stigma. If lawmakers really wanted to strike a blow for human rights, they’d repeal the entire sex offender list. Or replace it with a smaller list of only the most potentially dangerous and violent offenders. We can’t lower taxes without eliminating wasteful spending on programs that simply don’t serve the public effectively. It’s often said we need to lock up only those we are afraid of, not those we are mad at. That’s a matter of simple justice, and may apply even more to those who have served their sentences, and who we would, nevertheless, publicly stigmatize.

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