Former Teacher Charged With Sex Crime Released From Prison
by Nick Beres
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A former Tennessee elementary school teacher charged with a sex crime has been released from prison after only serving a portion of her sentence.
In 2005, Pamela Turner Rogers admitted to having a having sex with a 13-year-old student at the Warren County school where she taught. She was convicted and sentenced to serve 8 years in prison, which she appealed several times citing emotional stress.
In 2007, Rogers was out on probation when she was sent back to jail after she ignored the judge's orders and sent revealing pictures of herself to the same boy and posted messages to him on MySpace.
Rogers earned early release in November of this yearfrom the Tennessee Prison for Women for good behavior. A spokesperson with the Department of Correction said Rogers earned her early release by enrolling in prison self-help programs to earn credits on her sentence.
"It doesn't surprise me at all. She flattened her sentence," said NewsChannel 5 Legal Analyst Nick Leonardo. "She's a free person. She paid her debt to society."
Now that Rogers is finally out the victim's family hopes she's changed her ways.
"The family is aware of her release and hopes that she has come to realize what she's done and has changed and stays away from young boys," said the victim's aunt.
There's no indication Rogers has made any attempt to contact the now 20-year-old victim. He is now the father of a young child and living with the mother.
Rogers served her time and is free without probation and said to be living with her family in Middle Tennessee.