GREELEY, Colo. — A popular high school teacher in Greeley who taught for almost 20 years before having a sexual relationship with a student and then getting pregnant was sentenced to 90 days in jail Wednesday.
Rhonda Eisenberg, 44, will also serve four years probation and must register as a sex offender.
The judge in the case accepted a plea deal by Eisenberg, who taught Spanish at Northridge High School.
Eisenberg admitted to having an affair with a 17-year-old student in 2010. The boy is the father of Eisenberg’s 2-year-old daughter.
“We’re devastated,” Eisenberg’s her father, Rueben Aschliman, told FOX31 Denver last July when she first appeared in court. “Of course everything is turned upside down. Nothing is going to be the same after this, but we’re still here for her.”
The 17-year-old victim lived in the same house with Eisenberg from 2010 to 2011.
She became his legal guardian when she brought him to the U.S. to go to school. That happened after she became friends with his parents during a trip to Mexico.
Police say she told them that she and the boy had sex about 30 times between June and September 2010.
“When she came in she made forthright statements and we developed probable cause for the charges and she was booked without incident,” says Greeley Police spokesman Lt. Carl Alm.
Eisenberg worked in the district for 20 years after graduating from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
Her mother told reporter Dave Young she’s taking care of her children and that Eisenberg made a mistake that will cost her career after having a spotless record.
The former student is now 19 years old. Eisenberg says He’s active in the one-year-old’s life.