Teacher who smiled for mugshot pleads guilty to sex with student
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Sarah Madden Fowlkes, 28, submitted her plea Thursday to a Caldwell County judge, who has yet to accept it, according to FOX 29 San Antonio.
The agreement would require Fowlkes to serve four years deferred adjudication, pay a fine and surrender her teacher’s license, according to the report.
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What is Deferred Adjudication in Texas?
In short, Deferred Adjudication is a type of probation. A defendant is placed on a probation for a certain period of time. If the probation is successfully completed, the case is "dismissed." A defendant will enter a guilty plea, but the judge does not find the defendant guilty and instead "defers" the finding of guilt. Pleading guilty for Deferred Adjudication is not considered a conviction under Texas law. A criminal background check will show the arrest for the charge, will show the Deferred Adjudication, but it will not show a conviction.
Difference between Deferred Adjudication and "Straight" Probation.
The major difference between Deferred Adjudication probation and regular, or "straight" probation, is that the deferred is not considered a conviction and the straight probation is a conviction.