For her actions in Mecklenburg County, Sheets received an active sentence of five years, followed by four years of supervised probation.She must also submit to a DNA test, have no further contact with the victim or his family, and register as a sex offender.
Also Wednesday, Sheets was sentenced to five years in prison on separate charges in Mecklenburg County stemming from her involvement with the same victim.
She had recently undergone a relationship breakup, which left her unhappy and possibly depressed, he said.
Sheets also had a “high emotional need to be wanted,” according to Nelson.
A former teacher at Centra Rivermont School in Chase City will spend years in prison after pleading guilty this week to sex crimes involving a teenage student from South Boston.
Heidi Bradshaw Sheets, 40, of Baskerville pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of taking indecent liberties with a minor, one count of online solicitation of a minor and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Under questioning by defense attorney Brendan Dunning of Halifax, Nelson explained that Sheets was morbidly obese and bullied in her youth.