A former Florida teacher at Nease High School pleaded guilty Thursday to a single count of having sex with a student. She was sentenced to one year in the St. Johns County jail.

29-year-old Dionne Younce was a physical education teacher, but was fired in February after allegations of misconduct with students surfaced.

The Sheriff’s Office says it began investigating her in January after getting “three or four letters” from students saying that she’d had an inappropriate relationship with at least one student.

A 17-year-old told investigators that he’d had sex with her at least twice in her apartment.

Three students say she’d messaged them and sent them text messages, starting last fall. One of them says she also Snapchatted with him. He called it “casual,” but says it then “turned sexual after a while”.

Ms. Younce was suspended by the St. Johns County School Board in January while the investigation was being carried out, and was officially fired in February.

She was arrested February 25th on two counts of unlawful sexual activity with minors.

She was sentenced to 364 days in jail, but the judge gave her credit for two days of time served.

Upon her release, she’ll spend five years on probation with sex offender conditions, and will be required to register as a sex offender.


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