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08/08/2014 11:01 am ET Updated Aug 08, 2014

Teacher Jennifer McNeill Sentenced For Rape Of Friend's Son

Chilton County Jail

A former teacher and cheerleading coach in Alabama who was convicted of raping a teenage student under the age of 16 was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday.

Jennifer Collins McNeill pleaded guilty to second degree rape and sodomy in May. She cried in court when her sentence was read, and begged the judge for mercy, according to WBRC.

The victim was the son of McNeill's friend. His mother spoke in court prior to McNeill's sentencing.

She said that before the sexual abuse, which prosecutors said happened between April of 2012 and June of 2013, she and McNeill had been friends for 10 years. She also said that McNeill had attended her same church, where the convicted woman had once taught Sunday school.

McNeill lied about incriminating Facebook posts in the case, which delayed her sentencing several weeks. She had claimed that the victim and his mother had hacked her account, according to Al.com.

The convicted woman's attorney apologized to the judge and said his client had misrepresented herself regarding the Facebook posts.

McNeill was 39 at the time of her arrest in August 2013. Her victim was a minor under the age of 16.

Under the original terms of the plea deal, McNeill was to spend half of her sentence in prison, and the other half under house arrest.

But the judge in the case mandated that she instead spend all 60 months of her sentence in prison, saying that McNeill had a moral responsibility to her community and church and she misused that trust.

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