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colleps Teacher Accused Of Having Sex With Students Wont Take Stand

Kennedale High School teacher Brittni Nicole Colleps is accused of having of having sexual intercourse with students at her Arlington home. (credit: Arlington Police Dept.)

TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – The trial of a former Kennedale High School teacher, accused of having sex with students, continues. But it will wrap up without the accused, Brittni Colleps, taking the stand.

Colleps is on trial in Fort Worth for having sex with five of her students. On Thursday, three of those students — all referred to with false names on the stand — recounted how the teacher would invite them over dinner, with sexual encounters soon following.

All of the boys were 18 years old when the encounters occurred. Most said they didn’t feel as if they’d been preyed upon and that they tried to keep the trysts a secret.

A student called “Jordan” in court told the jury he was the one who used a cell phone to video sex between Colleps and four students, including him. The teen told jurors he didn’t feel like a victim.

While on the stand an attorney asked ‘Jordan’, “In April and May of 2011 did you feel like a victim then?” The teen replied, “No.” The lawyer went on to ask, “Do you feel like a victim now?” The boy answered flatly, “No.”

Despite the students’ feelings, prosecutors were quick to remind jurors that it’s illegal to have sexual contact between students and teachers.

Detective Jason Houston, who interviewed all five boys, testified on Thursday.

Attorney: “So the boys didn’t want to prosecute?”
Houston: “No sir.”
Attorney: “Didn’t want her to get in trouble, right?”
Houston: “No sir.”
Attorney: “Does that make it any less illegal?”
Houston: “No sir it doesn’t.”

Colleps is a 28-year-old wife and mother of three. Her husband was in the courtroom Thursday to offer support.

When it came time for the defense to present their case the jury was asked to step out and Colleps was asked several questions in front of the judge.

Attorney: “They never offered you any kind of a plea bargain, did they?”
Colleps: “No sir.”
Attorney: “Did you want to go to trial Mrs. Colleps?”
Colleps (crying): “No sir.”
Attorney: “Did you want to have these young men testify?”
Colleps: “No sir.”

When asked whether or not she would take the stand in her own defense, Colleps paused and said, “I’m not going to testify.”

Court adjourned for the day early Thursday afternoon and closing arguments will begin Friday morning.

Colleps faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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