A California coach and teacher who was accused of carrying on a six-month sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student was sentenced Friday to two years in prison.

38-year-old Toni Nicole Sutton pleaded guilty last month to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and oral copulation with a minor.

The relationship between Ms. Sutton and the young teen started last summer. She had sex with him in her classroom, in her car, and in her home.


Her defense attorney, Kerry Armstrong, said she’d suffered physical, emotional and sexual abuse in her life, and was mentally abused by her ex- boyfriend.

Mr. Armstrong also told the judge that Sutton had been diagnosed with a major depressive disorder and has a “great need to be liked and loved”.

Ms. Sutton, herself, told the judge that the relationship with the teen — who’s now 16 — is one that she’ll always regret.

“I’m so ashamed of what I’ve done,” she said.


The victim’s mother, identified only as Loretta, read a letter from her son stating that he doesn’t know whether to be mad or sad.

“My whole life has been turned upside down,” he said in the letter. “She was my first … and she broke my heart. I just want my life back.”

His mother said that the Spanish teacher and volleyball coach at Crawford High School took away her son’s innocence.

In addition to her sentence, she must register as a sex offender for life.