Shannon J. Woodson is a former teacher in Indiana who has been sentenced to three years home detention after pleading guilty to felony charges for sex with a 17-year-old male special education student.

Shannon J. Woodson

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The 39-year-old Shannon J. Woodson (mugshot photo above) is a former teacher at Greater Randolph Interlocal Coop in Winchester, Indiana.

In August 2011 she was originally arrested and charged for having sex with a then-17-year-old male who was one of her special education students at the school, according to Indy Star.

The newspaper goes on to note that under questioning by her defense attorney, she admitted that she and the victim first began exchanging text messages soon after the end of the 2010-2011 school year. She further admitted to having eventually had sexual intercourse with the victim.

In accepting a plea deal, Woodson pleaded guilty to two counts of child seduction. Each felony count carries a prison sentence of one and a half years.

She was sentenced by Randolph Superior Court Judge Peter Haviza to a three-year home detention sentence. Additional terms of the plea deal include her permanent surrender of her teaching license. Additionally, as a convicted sex offender, she is barred from living within one mile of the victim and within 1,000 feet of a schoo. She is also barred from online social media contact with any non-relative under the age of 16.

The story of Shannon J. Woodson’s arrest three years ago made international headlines, and once again, she is in the news as the details of this plea deal are being reported. As always, the news of teachers and other adults who are in a position of authority who sexually abuse minors is disturbing and one can’t help but to feel outrage as well as deep concern from the victims. But this case at least should offer encouragement for the local community and beyond that justice was served.