Married substitute teacher Justine Nelson accused of sex acts and lewd sexting with eighth grade student
Justine Nelson was arrested last year for allegedly having sex with a student who was 13 years old when the relationship began. (Fresno Police Department)

A former married California middle school teacher who admitted to having sex with a 14-year-old student she initially blamed for instigating the relationship is heading to trial.

Justine Nelson, 30, claimed she had no chance of saying no to the student because he used "psychological and emotional manipulation" on her.

A judge ruled Tuesday that Nelson will stand trial on three charges for allegedly engaging in sex acts with the student she met in the hallway of Tenaya Middle School, KFSN-TV reported. The charges include one felony count of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor, and two felony counts of oral copulation.

Police began investigating the former teacher after the eighth-grader posted nude photos of her online.

"[The student] said they were sexually naked pictures," Fresno police officer Malcolm Walls told KFSN-TV.

The teen told police he didn't have Nelson as a teacher and only started talking to her when she approached him last year.

"He said Mrs. Nelson walked up to him one day and asked him why he never talked to her, and said that he was cute," Walls said.

The teen claimed he and Nelson fooled around, initially kissing before it progressed to sex, until he turned 14.

Nelson admitted to investigators she had sex with the boy two or three times, but she said he initiated the acts, according to KFSN-TV. She also claimed the boy even threatened to ruin her career.

But Nelson later changed her story, telling police she was sending notes to the student professing her love for him, according to KFSN-TV.

"He was scared," Walls said. "He wasn't sure he should say anything because Mrs. Nelson told him if he did it would ruin her family life and his sports career."

Nelson was arrested in September 2016 and is cuurently free on $130,000 bail. Her husband had attended the court.

Nelson faces up to 14 years in prison if she’s convicted – though prosecutors must prove the student was 13 when the sex acts began. If not, she's set to face nine years in prison.

 
 
 
 
Pius Aghadiuno
By Pius Aghadiuno 07/21/2017 14:28:00

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