GLASGOW, Ky. (AP) - A former middle school teacher who admitted to having a sexual relationship with a student says the student held her at gunpoint and forced her to drive them to Mexico with her young son in tow.
Angela Renee Comer, 28, accepted a 10-year prison sentence as part of an agreement with prosecutors after pleading guilty in May to one count of third-degree sodomy and one count of custodial interference.
Comer told the Glasgow Daily Times the student was trying to get away from a troubled home life and considering suicide when she picked him up at his house. She offered to take him to the courthouse. Instead, he took a gun out of her glove compartment and told her to drive.
Police said Comer took the boy, who is now 16, without his guardian's permission. Authorities found her, Comer's young son and the teen in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, on Jan. 10, 2006.
"He held me at gunpoint," she said. "I did try to get away from him twice. I attempted at a gas station once. The second time, the last time I tried to get away from him, he did have a guitar with him and it got busted over my head."
Comer said she was going through a difficult period at the time of the affair and that her relationship with the student was complicated.
"I was just going through a really, really hard time and I was drinking a lot," she said. "My mind was anything but right. Anybody who knows me knows this is not my character. This is not anything like me. I've had it all and I've lost it all."
The boy's grandmother, who was his custodian at the time of the incident, said she had a "very good relationship" with her grandson. The Associated Press is not using the grandmother's name to protect the identity of the boy. It is the policy of the AP not to identify victims of sex crimes in most cases.
The boy, who has been placed in foster care, recently completed his sophomore year of high school.
Though Comer had resigned her teaching position at the time of the Mexico trip, she said it had an affect on her sentence.
"I know the whole deal, the Mexico trip, is really what is killing me with me being a former teacher," she said. "I had been his former teacher and that escalated everything. I'm put on a different level than other people. I think it's a little much, but I've put it in God's hands."
She was facing up to 20 years on each of four felony counts of unlawful transaction with a minor, up to five years each for two sodomy counts and another five for the custodial interference charge before agreeing to the plea agreement.
Comer must enroll in a sex offender treatment program, which could take about two years. She has not seen her now 5-year-old son since her arrest, but that his safety during the trip to Mexico was her only concern.
"I pray to God that the never remembers or recalls anything," she said.
Information from: Glasgow Daily Times,
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