Maryland Teacher Who Gave Student Cocaine Sentenced to Six Months

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A former Montgomery County English teacher has been sentenced to six months in jail for distributing cocaine to a student.

Attorney William Brennan says his client Theresa Duarte apologized at sentencing Thursday to the Thomas S. Wootton High School community for the embarrassment caused by the crime.

Duarte, once called "the coolest woman alive" by students who put together a Wootton yearbook, pleaded guilty to distribution. Brennan said she provided cocaine to a student at her home.

Montgomery County state's attorney's office spokeswoman Emily White says Duarte, who is to report to jail Monday, also faces three years of supervised probation.