Jennifer Walsh, 27, struck up a relationship with the besotted 17-year-old when she worked in the special educational needs department at Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, US.
Walsh faced up to 18 months behind bars but walked free after the pupil insisted the relationship was consensual and declared her love for her teacher in court.
She sobbed as the girl said: “I know in my heart that I am completely in love with this woman, without a doubt.”
And the teen insisted the romance was “willing on both ends”.
“I know in my heart that I am completely in love with this woman, without a doubt.”
Jennifer Walsh’s teenage pupil
It comes as police told how their affair, which started in May 2018 would “probably continue”.
Detective Steve Hoy told the court: “This relationship, I believe, was actually real. It will probably continue to be real.”
Walsh had been facing 18 months in prison after being charge with gross sexual imposition.
But she was yesterday allowed to plead to a lesser charge resulting in a sentence of one year probation, after the case was described as “truly unique”.
Judge Jody Marier Luebbers sitting at Hamilton County Court in Cincinnati, told Walsh: “The detective said you’re not a sexual predator and I don’t think you are either.”
Walsh, who also taught across at the school, reportedly quit her job after cops received a tip off about the affair, according to the New York Post.