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'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.