San Antonio, TX – A 41-year-old former teacher was sentenced to 10 years in prison after she got busted having sex with a 12-year-old student in a most spectacular manner.
Lucinda Rodriguez Caldwell had been teaching for 16 years and a fifth grade teacher at Cable Elementary when she was arrested in June 2010. It happened after the father of the 12-year-old boy took him to police to report that he had been repeatedly sexually assaulted by the married mother of two.
Earlier that same morning, the man had woke up to find his son was not in bed and Caldwell’s SUV was parked outside. When the man went to investigate, the SUV took off. The boy’s father gave chase in his own vehicle with both vehicles being pulled over by police 30 miles later.
The driver of the SUV turned out to be the man’s son and Caldwell was the passenger. Police did not arrest Caldwell at that time but turned the boy over to his father and instructed him to call the San Antonio Police Dept. Caldwell was eventually arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. If convicted on this charge, she’d be looking at a possible life sentence.
The prosecution ended up reaching an plea agreement, even though they said they had a good case against Caldwell. “The family was worried about putting the young boy through the emotional ordeal of a trial,” First Assistant District Attorney Cliff Herberg said of the plea agreement. “We wanted to be respectful of the family’s desires.”
The boy’s father explained that his son had became withdrawn from friends and family after the allegations were first made public. He didn’t want the progress made since then deterred by placing the boy on the stand.
So Caldwell ended up agreeing to surrender her teaching license and pleading no contest to the lesser charge of indecency with child by exposure. Both sides agreed she would serve a 10 year sentence as long as prosecutors did not object when Caldwell begged the judge to let her serve the term on probation.
“I just want to say that I’m sorry for what I did and I apologize to the court, to (the child) and his family, and to my family,” Caldwell said through tears. “I have lost so much because of what I did, and I ask the court to let me stay with my family and take care of my children.”
The prosecution did not object, as promised, but the judge denied the probation request and ordered her to serve the 10 years behind bars. Caldwell sobbed as she was placed in handcuffs. But all is not lost for Caldwell there’s still the possibility she could be released from prison on shock probation within the next six months.Tags: Lucinda Rodriguez Caldwell, minor, Sexual Assault, student, teacher, Texas