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Ex-teacher must register as sex offender

Kaitlin Grant was ordered to register as a

Kaitlin Grant was ordered to register as a level one sex offender and sentenced to six years probation after admitting to having a sexual relationship with a student. Photo Credit: NCPD

A former Freeport High School substitute teacher was ordered to register as a level 1 sex offender and sentenced to 6 years of probation Friday after admitting to having a sexual relationship with a student.

Kaitlin Grant, 23, of Elmont, will serve no jail time for sexual misconduct, a misdemeanor, Nassau Judge William O'Brien said. She surrendered her teacher assistant license in court and was issued a protective order barring her from contacting the student.

Level 1 sex offenders are deemed to be at the lowest risk for reoffending.

Grant had been charged with three felony counts of a criminal sex act but pleaded in October to having a sexual relationship with a student.

"You have to make sure you don't make these kinds of mistakes in the future," O'Brien told Grant in court. "Nothing further of this nature would be tolerated. I think you understand that."

Grant did not comment as she left Nassau County Court in Mineola, but O'Brien said it was clear from Grant's probation report that she is remorseful.

Grant's lawyer, Scott Carrigan of Garden City, said she is happy to have the case behind her.

"I'm very confident that Ms. Grant will lead a productive life and be successful in her endeavors," Carrigan said after the court proceeding.

Prosecutor Jamie Johnson has said that Grant had a relationship with a 15-year-old student for about four months, beginning in November 2011. The age of consent in New York State is 17.

The girl's family became suspicious when they found a photo of her with Grant and questioned the teen about it, police have said. The next day, the mother and a family member went to police.

The school district has said Grant, a former high school and college basketball star whose father, Maurice Grant, is a former assistant principal at the school, had passed all background checks, in compliance with state law, and had no prior criminal record.

She began working as a substitute teacher in 2011, officials said.

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