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Woman in Student Sex Case Banished for 15 Years from Hometown

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A 40-year-old Wisconsin woman who admittedly had sex with a 16-year-old high school classmate of her daughter, while she was serving as his tutor, has been sentenced to a one-year jail term–and banished from her hometown for 15 years.

Since she is employed by her parents in Amery, a village of 2,800, this will force her to find a new job, reports the Pioneer Press. Brenda Baillargeon reportedly had repeatedly violated restraining orders prohibiting her from contacting the victim. She resigned her job as a teacher’s aide as the case was being investigated.

While unusual, the banishment is appropriate and by no means a unique punishment, Polk County District Attorney Daniel Steffen tells the newspaper.

Baillargeon was granted work release, which will allow her to leave jail for up to 50 hours weekly for her employment. But if she contacts the victim again, she will get at least a five-year state prison sentence, Polk County Circuit Judge Molly GaleWyrick told the mother of four at sentencing yesterday.

“You are going to prison if he contacts you and you respond,” the judge told Baillargeon. “It’s that simple.”

At one point, Baillargeon and the teen victim were engaged to be married.

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