By Ryan Buxton, EnStarz | Aug 16, 2012 01:11 PM EDT
A former high school teacher in Texas is on trial for having group sex with five male students, a claim supported by cell phone video that captured the entire ordeal.
In what began as an exchange of text messages, Brittni Colleps, a 28-year-old mother of three and a former English teacher at Kennedale High School in Kennedale, Texas, talked explicitly with a student and agreed to meet him for sex.
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Things escalated, and Colleps is accused of having sex with four students while another videotaped it on his cell phone. It all happened in her home while her daughters and husband - an Army specialist stationed out-of-state - were away.
The students in question were all 18 at the time, so Colleps isn't being charged with statutory rape. But she's facing five counts of having an improper relationship with a student - which could land her 20 years in prison.
The trial's jury was shown the graphic cell phone video this week, and a student pointed out a distinctive tattoo on Colleps' back to prove her identity. The video was the latest in a string of evidence that also included testimony from students.
One of the involved students told the court that Colleps "said that she craved, that I had something that she wanted."
The incident came to light at the high school through a student's diary. One of the male students who had been intimate with Colleps was bragging about the affair, reports say, and another student put it in her diary, which was found by another teacher who notified police.
Colleps was suspended by the school district and is not working while the trial unfolds.
Her husband, Army Specialist Fourth Class Christopher Colleps, told reporters he supports his wife and will see her through the charges.
"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," he said. "I have always supported my wife, and I will continue to support my wife through this whole, entire ordeal."
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