Knoxville (WVLT) – A former Knoxville Catholic High School teacher and coach will not go to jail as a result of her guilty plea to statutory rape.
In fact the charge may be one day erased from her record in spite of a report in Thursday’s Knoxville News-Sentinel that Diane Dieterich is pregnant with the victim's child.
Her attorney fought for and won her judicial diversion on Thursday, meaning as long as she obeys conditions set by a Knox County judge, the statutory rape charges will be erased from her record in four years.
Dieterich will be on probation for four years.
She must also regularly attend marriage and sexual counseling and have no contact with the victim.
Dieterich pleaded guilty in September after she was dismissed from Catholic amidst allegations that she was having an inappropriate relationship with a male student.
Isaacs, says everyone worked very hard to do the "right thing" in a wrong situation and Dieterich accepts responsibility for the allegations.
Thursday’s New-Sentinel reported that Dieterich admits she is pregnant with her 17-year-old victim’s child, with a due date of April 29.
"That's a very private situation and that's something they're dealing with, privately, with their families and with their faith,” said Isaacs, her defense attorney. “It's going to be a long journey and I think that's a journey the Dieterich's need to take without input from anybody else."
Again, if over the next four years she follows the conditions set by the judge, the charges will be completely off her record.
Dieterich will next appear before a Knox County judge on November 29, 2011.
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