On Saturday night, police charged New York City substitute teacher, Maria Contreras, 29, with six counts of second-degree rape and two counts of second-degree criminal sex acts. In New York state, all of the charges are felonies.

The police allege that the teacher raped her 14-year-old, mentally ill student in her Bronx apartment. Contreras met her male student at the apartment on six occasions in November. According to the New York Times, Contreras worked as a "substitute paraprofessional at the Bronx Academy of Letters."

The NYT outlines the severity of the charges against Contreras:

Under state law, a charge of second-degree rape or criminal sex acts with a minor indicates that authorities believe a person over the age of 18 engaged in sexual intercourse or sex acts with a child under the age of 15 who was incapable of consenting because the child is mentally ill or mentally incapacitated. Each charge carries a penalty of up to seven years in jail.

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