A jury found Lina Sinha, a former Upper East Side Montessori principal, guilty of having sex with a 13-year-old student a decade ago. The student, now a 24-year-old police officer, told prosecutors about their relationship which lasted nine years after Sinha became jealous of his girlfriend and falsely accused him of threatening her and raping her.
However, a jury could not decide if she did have sex with another underage student. The student, who was allegedly seduced at 12, is now 19 and has been convicted on drug charges. The defense argued that he testified for the prosecution in exchange for help with a probation violation. A juror said, "Most of us had credibility issues."
Forty-year-old Sinha was convicted on charges of sodomy and bribing a witness (the other student), and her bail was raised from $50,000 to $3.5 million. Each charge has a maximum prison term of 7 years, and the NY Times says prosecutors want consecutive terms. Her lawyer says Sinha will appeal.