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Laura Whitehurst, California Teacher Who Had Student's Baby, Released 4 Months Into Yearlong Sentence

01/09/2014 08:56 am 08:56:13 | Updated Jan 25, 2014

A California teacher -- sentenced to a year in prison after she pleaded guilty to having sex with an underage student and having his baby last year -- was released on Sunday.

Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, 29, was released eight months before her sentence was to be completed. Whitehurst must register as a sex offender within five days of her release, and must wear a GPS tracking device, a district attorney spokesman told the San Bernardino Sun.

Whitehurst was arrested in July, two weeks after she gave birth to a baby that she conceived with a 16-year-old student, according to police.

Police told KTLA that Whitehurst seemed remorseful, and cooperated with the investigation.

After the allegations were reported, two additional students, now adults, came forward and claimed they had sex with the former Citrus Valley High School teacher.

In August, Whitehurst pleaded guilty to having sex with three different students and was sentenced to a year in San Bernardino County jail, and five years' probation.

Whitehurst originally faced 41 felony charges, which carried a maximum sentence of 29 years in prison. The remaining counts were dismissed at her sentencing.

According to KTLA, the teenage boy who fathered Whitehurst’s baby daughter called the teacher a “predator,” and said she should have been put in prison for life instead of facing “minimal consequences for stomach-churning behavior.”

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