A former school teacher in Burley was sentenced yesterday to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to  felony sex abuse of a minor child under 16 years of age.  However, 43 year old Michael Crabtree may never see the inside of a jail cell as payment for his crime.  The Times News reports that Cassia County Fifth District Judge Michael Crabtree requested that Brinkerhoff be placed in the state’s retained jurisdiction for one year.  If accepted by the Idaho Department of Correction, that means he will enter a special rehabilitation program.  If he successfully completes that program, Judge Crabtree could suspend the prison sentence in lieu of probation.  Brinkerhoff was a drama teacher in the Cassia County School District when he was arrested for posing online as a 15 year old boy and to engage femail students in online sexual behavior.

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