Former teacher pleads guilty


A former teacher has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of violating the state’s Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

Crystal Clowdus, 35, pleaded guilty last week, according to court records.

She was arrested in August after she served as a volunteer for open house at Oneonta Elementary School, where her children are students.

Clowdus, while working as a teacher at Susan Moore High School, pleaded guilty to sexting a student in 2014. She pleaded guilty to transmitting obscene material to a minor and received a 10-year sentence with nine years suspended. She served six months in the Blount County Correctional Facility and then six months of house arrest, followed by probation of five years. She gave up her license to teach and is required to register as a sex offender.

As part of the plea agreement last week, she received a five-year suspended sentence and was ordered to spend seven days in jail. She also was ordered to pay $250 in court costs and a $50 fine for victims’ assessment. She is allowed to attend events at her child’s school but is not allowed to work or volunteer in any capacity.