A Florida teacher accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student in a classroom closet has been sentenced to three years in prison, according to reports.
Daniel Norment, 41, accepted two “best interest” guilty pleas for one count of unlawful sex with a minor and one count of offense against a student by an authority figure in exchange for the term.
The arrangement allows Norment to avoid formally admitting guilt, while accepting that the pleas are in his best interest, according to the Palm Beach Post.
The disgraced educator taught at Independence Middle School in Jupiter for six years before his arrest in May.
The closet tryst allegedly occurred two years ago, and the victim in the case went to authorities this past March to recount her story.
Now an 18-year-old college student, the woman said Norment groomed her while she was still attending the middle school and that she later returned to visit him after entering high school.
“[The victim] told me Norment used her and realized it was wrong from him and her to have sex at his school,” an investigator wrote. “She stated she stopped talking to Norment altogether and [has] never heard from him since the sexual battery.”
Norment’s accuser filed a civil suit against the Palm Beach County District last month, asserting administrators “enabled” a prior history of predatory behavior with female students.
The case asserts “inappropriately dressed” students would routinely be seen entering and exiting Norment’s classroom at irregular hours.
The woman’s suit also alleges Norment was previously removed as girl’s basketball coach after administrators learned he was allowing players to change in his classroom.
As part of his sentence, he agreed not to have contact with minors, to enter a sex offender treatment program, and not to work at or with schools after his prison term ends.