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Convicted Portland Teacher Asks for Early Parole

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Scott Couch --NASHVILLE, TN

  Former Portland High School math teacher Sandy Binkley has served 53-months of a 12 year sentence for a 2009 statutory rape conviction.  Binkley was given the maximum sentence after the then 36-year-old teacher had sex with a 17-year-old student. Monday, Binkley made a second appeal for parole.

During the hearing, Binkley's husband and aunt spoke on her behalf along with her therapist.  Clinical psychologist Sandra Phillips, who has been meeting with Binkley and her husband during Binkley's incarceration, testified she believes there to be "very little chance"  Binkley will re-offend.  Doug Binkley says he is standing by his wife of 15-years.  "I want to make it clear that I have forgiven her and I trust her with all my hear," he said.

In asking for early release, Sandy Binkley testified she allowed herself to cross boundries and lost herself in 2008.  She said she has since come to understand how many people were impacted by her actions.  "I wish I could change my decisions of that day but I can't.  I can tell you with a sincere heart that I am not that same person," Binkley said. 

At the conclusion of Monday's testimony, hearing officer Richard Obrien announced because of the seriousness of the offense, he would recommend against parole.  The final decision will be up to a three member panel.

Binkley served two more years after a similar recommendation in 2012.  If history repeats itself, Binkley will have another parole hearing in 2016.  By that time, she will have served more than a third of her sentence.

Fox 17 was the only Nashville media outlet at the hearing.

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