PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A Philadelphia special education teacher who pleaded guilty to having sex with a student says she blames her actions on her heroin use.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Stephanie Amato was sentenced Tuesday to county prison for having sex with a 14-year-old student. She could spend 11 ½ to 23 months behind bars.

At sentencing, Amato apologized to the student and said it never would have happened if she weren’t using drugs.

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In addition to jail time, Amato will also have to register as a sex offender.

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