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Former principal who had sex with student sentenced to probation

Posted at 11:01 AM, Aug 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-21 12:55:18-04

The former Bedford principal who was charged with four counts of sexual battery after having sex with a 17-year-old student was given two years of probation.

Courtney Alfred, who was a principal at Education Alternatives in Bedford, was involved in a relationship with a student who was 17 at the time of the incident.

Alfred had five other counts filed against her, but they were dismissed, according to authorities.

The student involved was 17 at the time of the relationship, officials said.

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According to police, the school knew about the alleged relationship but found the allegations not credible after its own investigation. However, police disagreed. They said a video of Alfred and the student having sex reveals a tattoo. Police got a search warrant to see Alfred's tattoo, and it matched. There were also text messages between the two, Suts said. According to police, Alfred also gave the teen money so that he wouldn't tell her husband. 

During the sentencing, Alfred's father, Mike Bender, gave an impact statement, telling the court Alfred has been "the glue in the heartbeat of the family."

Facing the courtroom, Alfred apologized to the victim, her family and her husband.

"You expected more out of me and I expected more out of myself. I am so sorry that I didn't meet those expectations," Alfred said.

Alfred is also required to register as a sex offender and will have to surrender her teaching license as part of her sentence.