HOUSTON (KHOU) – A former Brazosport ISD teacher won't be going to prison for having sex with a 16-year-old student.
Nikki Scherwitz pleaded guilty to having an inappropriate relationship with a student and was sentenced to 10 years probation. She was also fined $5,000.
Scherwitz resigned from her job at Brazosport High School last year when she was questioned about the relationship. Police say it had been going on for weeks, but didn't come to light until Scherwitz showed up at an after-prom party.
Some students were shocked when they learned she got probation.
"The men get 25 to life, but a woman gets a slap on the wrist with only a $5,000 fine," said Mario Salinas, a student at Brazosport High School.
"If it was a guy, a male teacher with a female student, it wouldn't be the same," agreed Oscar Guttierrez, another student.
Prosecutors said they agreed to the plea deal because the student was nearly 17 and Sherwitz agree to send apologies to the mother and the district.
In that letter she said: "I apologize for the behavior I engaged in with a student. I crossed an ethical boundary I never should have crossed. I'm sorry."
"I think she should get more than just probation because that's a kid," said Robert Anderson whose grandchild attends the school. "I think she should get more than just probation because that's a kid and you shouldn't have relationships with a young minor."
Scherwitz has been ordered to stay away from minors and she won't be allowed to ever teach again.