He pointed out that Miller is barred from going to the school and, when she recently attended her children's school function, the victim's parents were alarmed and asked the principal to keep her from attending.

He also said she is being punished enough by spending the next 25 years as a registered sex offender.

Taken advantage

Tabone read an impact statement on behalf of the victim's parents, in which they said the boy has been suffering "greatly from depression."

"Now another adult has let him down by taking advantage of him," they said in the statement, adding he has stopped participating in football.

Tabone also said: "Sometimes good people do bad things but there has to be a price for that."

Miller was emotional as she gave her statement, saying she "cannot believe I am standing in the court today."

"This is not an accurate portrayal of the person I am," she said, her voice trembling.

She apologized to the victim's parents and said she "cannot begin to express my personal apologies."

"What I did was a mistake, it was a huge lapse in judgment, and I never meant to hurt anybody," she said.

Miller said she could not believe she would be the one to betray the trust of "a student I really, truly intended to help."

Baldwin said Miller will serve eight months of home detention and that he would allow work release.

The judge said he agreed with Shapiro that she was not likely to be a repeat offender but felt a sentence was still necessary.

According to court records, Miller must report to the Harford County Detention Center on Oct. 16 to begin serving her sentence. She will serve four months at the jail and then eight months on home detention. She will be eligible for work release and will also be on three years probation. As what the law considers a Tier 2 sex offender, Miller will be required to register as a sex offender for 25 years.

Miller has not been employed by Harford County Public Schools since Feb. 27, according to Teri Kranefeld, HCPS director of communications.