Christina Albini, a Windsor elementary school teacher who had a sexual relationship with a former student, has pleaded guilty to sexual interference — touching the body of a person under the age of 16 for a sexual purpose.
The suspended Christ the King Catholic Elementary School teacher entered the plea during a brief appearance in court Monday.
Sexual interference comes with a mandatory one-year jail sentence, according to Albini's lawyer, Patrick Ducharme, who said the other charges against his client will be withdrawn.
"There's a minimum mandatory one year in prison and it goes up from there," he explained.
Albini was arrested in July for the relationship, before being taken into custody again in September after police found evidence of alleged child pornography on a cell phone.
After the phone was discovered, Albini was also charged with possession of child pornography, accessing child pornography and making sexually explicit material available to a person under 16.
Teacher would pick boy up in purple Challenger
On Monday, court heard the boy's parents found nude or semi-nude photos Albini took of herself at a yoga studio on a phone she bought for him.
The two started having sex in July, according to an agreed statement of facts read in court.
Albini would pick up the boy in her purple Dodge Challenger and take him to her home where they would have sex.
Bail conditions bar Albini from teaching
The Ontario College of Teachers is aware of Albini's situation, said spokesperson Brian Jameison, who added the college must wait until criminal proceedings are concluded before it can continue with its disciplinary process.
A posting on the College's website states Albini's bail conditions bar her from communicating with boys under the age of 16, visiting public parks, schools and swimming areas and from being in a position of trust with people 16 or younger, meaning she is currently unable to teach.
Once Albini's case is referred to the College Disciplinary Committee her hearing will be "imminent," Jameison added.
The suspended teacher will return to court on June 28 for sentencing.