Former Bay High teacher Steven “Seth” Tadlock pled guilty Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court to having a sexual affair with one of his students from November 2008 until February 2009.
Jackson County Assistant District Attorney Tonya Hasbruck said Tuesday that Tadlock was sentenced to ten years in prison, with eight of those years being suspended, leaving two years to serve.
Tadlock had been a teacher at Bay High since the 2007 school year; however, he lived in Ocean Springs.
He taught Spanish and was a sponsor for the Spanish Club and the Interact Club–a community relations group–officials said.
While teaching at Bay High, Tadlock allegedly befriended a female student, who he took to his home in Ocean Springs and had sex with her, authorities said.
Tadlock resigned from the Bay-Waveland School District soon after his relationship with the student was discovered.
The Bay St. Louis Police Department investigated the case, but it was transferred to Jackson County after it was discovered the crime allegedly took place there, officials said.
The victim in the case has since graduated from Bay High and is now attending college, officials said.
Last year, the victim wrote an affidavit to court officials stating she did not wish to see Tadlock prosecuted for the crime.
Hasbruck said that despite the affidavit, her office was prepared to go to trial.
Tadlock decided to plead guilty instead of trial.
According to state law, the two-year sentence will be served day for day, and Tadlock will have to register as a sex offender when he is released and placed on probation, Hasbruck said.
He will also have to give up his teaching certificate, Hasbruck said.
BY Dwayne Bremer
The Sea Coast Echo