SAN DIEGO CA Feb 7 2013 – A high school special-education teacher who admitted having sex with one of her former students — and is pregnant with his baby — was sentenced Wednesday to a year in jail but will be released early to deliver and care for the child.
Kelly McKenzy Watson, 34, was also placed on three years felony probation, during which she is not allowed to work with minors, and was ordered to undergo counseling.
Judge Laura Halgren said Watson — who is due April 5 — did not have to register as a sex offender.
Attorneys said the unborn child’s father — who turns 18 in April — is in love with Watson and plans to be part of the child’s life despite a no-contact order put in place by the judge. Halgren said the victim could be present for the birth.
Watson was told she could not have direct contact with the teen for five years and any contact pertaining to the pregnancy and child will have to be through a third party.
Watson’s defense attorney felt that the sentence given was “fair” and told the court that Watson and the teen are “happy about the baby.”
The defendant pleaded guilty in November to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. According to a psychological evaluation, Watson is not sexually promiscuous but was naive and immature when she got involved with the then-16-year-old boy.
Halgren said the relationship between defendant and victim “was not an ideal parenting situation,” but said Watson was not a danger to re-offend. The judge said Watson “violated the public’s trust” when she had sex with a former student.
Watson, who was arrested last Aug. 9, met the boy when he was a student in her class at the New Haven residential school in Vista, said Lt. Anastasia Smith of the San Diego Police Department.
The lieutenant said Watson was the boy’s teacher at New Haven for several semesters from September 2010 until August 2011. New Haven works with troubled and at-risk teens.
San Diego police sex crimes detectives received a tip last July 30 about inappropriate conduct between Watson and the former student and later determined she had a dating relationship with him several months earlier, Smith said.
Deputy District Attorney Mary-Ellen Barrett said the victim was released from the residential facility in January 2012 and he and Watson were together two weeks later.
Watson had been a special-education teacher for seven years and hopes to work in adult education someday, according to defense attorney David R. Cohn.
He said Watson has been living with family members in Bakersfield and working in accounting.
Oceanside CA Aug 11 2012 Sex crimes detectives arrested an Oceanside High School teacher on Thursday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy who was once her student at a Vista residential school, San Diego police officials said.
The teacher, Kelly McKenzy Watson, 34, met the teenage boy while she was his teacher at New Haven Youth and Family Services from September 2010 to August 2011, according to San Diego police officials, who issued a press release announcing Watson’s arrest.
Authorities said in the news release that a tip on July 30 led to an investigation in which sex crimes detectives “determined Watson had engaged in an inappropriate dating relationship with the juvenile several months ago.”
Watson, who was arrested shortly before 11 a.m., remained jailed at Las Colinas Detention Center in Santee on Thursday evening in lieu of $45,000 bail, according to online jail records.
Jail records indicate she was arrested on suspicion of unlawful sex with a minor and oral copulation with a minor. She is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, according to jail records.
According to her LinkedIn profile, Watson was a “Social Emotional Special Education Teacher” at Oceanside High School, and formerly worked at New Haven. Before then, she worked at other school districts in the Bakersfield area.
During her time at New Haven, she worked with “emotionally disturbed” teen boys, according to the LinkedIn profile.