A teaching assistant obsessed with sex has been jailed after having sex with five of her students.
Michelle Mellinger, 49, also tried to have sex with a sixth student, a court heard.
She even told one of the students: “I just became a paedophile.”
The boys said that mum Mellinger texted them before picking them up and taking them to her home.
She drove one to another house and had sex with him in a bedroom.
Mellinger slept with one after telling him he was on her “bucket list”.
She told one student: “I prefer younger people to older people.”
Via text she told another: “Wow, you look amazing. I just became a paedophile.”
But one teenage student spurned her advances and “took off running” when she undressed at her home.
She was then arrested after colleagues overheard pupils talking about having sex with her in White Oak, Pennsylvania.
Mellinger, a special education teaching assistant at McKeesport Area High School, was jailed for between 11 and a half and 23 months after pleading guilty to a string of sex charges.
They included five counts of having intercourse or sexual contact with students and one of sexual assault.
She will receive credit for 263 days she has spent in jail since her arrest last October.
A victim impact statement read by a prosecutor from the mum of one of the boys said: “Her family is forever changed … Her son is depressed and doesn’t trust any of his teachers.”
Neighbour Paula Whisner said at the time of her arrest: “I’m totally shocked.
“Who knows what happens behind those doors?
“She’s very stoic. She doesn’t have any kind of expression on her face.”
Mellinger blamed alcohol for the two-year period in which she had sex with the teens.