Linda Leann Wallace, 53, has been sentenced to sixteen years for having a sexual relationship with a 13 year-old student. The sentence is considered to be one of the lengthier for a teacher having sexual relations with a student.
The sentence was handed down despite testimony from Wallace’s daughter who told the court that “my mom is not a predator.”
Wallace and the teen carried on the affair for four years until the teen graduated from the Legacy Christian Academy where Wallace was employed as a music teacher, according to testimony entered into in the Beaumont, TX court.
Wallace pled guilty to the charges back in July. She was arrested back in 2012 after police were tipped off about the affair. Wallace spoke in her own defense saying that she was sorry for her actions. She said that “I’ve had remorse for many years. I’m terribly sorry. I cry myself to sleep at night for her innocence.”
She also said that “We knew it was wrong. The only reason it evolved to that point was because she was struggling with her family. I wanted so hard to be there for the student and encourage her. I should have stood my ground. I’m sincerely sorry.”
The victim said that she had forgiven Wallace, but also said that “there must be consequences.” She also said that “I don’t wish anything bad on you. I just wanted to do the right thing. I am deeply saddened by what took place. I was seeking a motherly figure. I trusted you so much. I was robbed spiritually, emotionally, physically, and mentally.”
The victim added that “I was afraid of that happening to someone else. The enemy had silenced me for a good portion of my life. But, today I shed light. I’m not going to be silent anymore. I’m not angry with you. This is not the end for you. I completely forgive you. But, there must be consequences.” According to Prosecutors, the student’s family was additionally traumatized to the fact that Wallace was a family friend.
The maximum sentence for Wallace could have been twenty years. Wallace’s attorney, Paul Fukuda, stated that “It’s a tragedy for both families. Ms. Wallace is taking full responsibility.”