Former Portland High School teacher Sandy Binkley, convicted of having sex with her underage teacher’s aide, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.
District Attorney Ray Whitley said Sandy Binkley “got what she had coming to her.” David Ridings, Binkley’s attorney, said it was the most egregious abuse of justice in sentencing that he has ever seen. “We hoped that (the judge) would follow the law. He failed miserably at that,” Ridings said.
Binkley, 37, was convicted Sept. 29 in Sumner County on two counts of statutory rape by an authority figure. The convictions stemmed from a sexual encounter that occurred on March 20, 2008, between Binkley and a 17-year-old boy in a locker room office at Portland High School. Binkley claimed she was raped. She will serve a little less than four years before she is eligible for parole.
The jury had found Sandra Binkley guilty on two counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, but acquitted her on seven counts involving two other boys, one of whom was the younger brother of the victim she was convicted of having sex with.