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Brittni Colleps Case: Jury to get student-sex case against former Texas high school teacher

Brittni Colleps, former high school teacher, faces a Texas court on Aug. 16, 2012 on allegations that she had an improper relationship with five students KENS

(CBS/AP) FORT WORTH, Texas - A jury is expected to begin deliberating Friday in the case of Brittni Nicole Colleps, a suburban North Texas high school teacher accused of having sex with five 18-year-old students at her home.

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Closing arguments are set for Friday in Colleps' trial. She's charged with five counts of having an inappropriate relationship between a student and teacher. The second-degree felony is punishable by two to 20 years in prison per count.

Authorities say the 28-year-old former Kennedale High School English teacher had sex with the students at her Arlington home over a period of two months. Prosecutors rested their case Thursday; the defense rested without calling any witnesses or presenting any evidence.

Kennedale is a town of about 7,300 residents near Arlington, eight miles southeast of Fort Worth. The high school has about 3,200 students.

Although all of the students were over 18-years-old, it is against Texas law for a teacher to have an improper relationship with a student, regardless of age. However, if she is charged and convicted, Colleps would not have to register as a sex offender, CBS DFW reported.

Despite the accusations against his wife, Christopher Colleps is choosing to stand by her side.

"I want you to know I love my wife. I have loved my wife since the moment I laid eyes on her over 11 years ago," said Colleps. "I have always supported my wife, and I will continue to support my wife through this whole, entire ordeal."

Complete coverage of Brittni Colleps on Crimesider

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