A former student who allegedly taught a 9 year old girl a lesson in the art of tutoring has been sentenced to two years in federal prison.
A federal judge on Thursday imposed a three-year sentence for Michael Wyzant, 42, who admitted to two counts of fraudulently inducing a minor to enroll in his school-sponsored tutoring program.
He was also sentenced to a $1,000 fine.
Wyzant, of New Jersey, was a tutor for students from his private school in the district for four years beginning in 2008.
In April 2016, the student reported that she had no interest in attending the school-run tutoring programs.
Prosecutors said Wyzants former students told investigators they believed he was a teacher or administrator and that he took their attendance information from his website.
Authorities said Wyzanants former teachers and administrators also told them they thought he was an administrator or teacher.
The student told authorities that she would often ask him to check her attendance information.
But when the school stopped enrolling students, the teacher allegedly told her, “I’m not giving you this anymore,” the prosecutor’s office said.
Wyzants defense attorney asked the judge not to sentence him to jail time, saying it was too early to say whether his client was guilty.”
You will be happy with this, she told her husband, according to the prosecutor.
Wyzants defense attorney asked the judge not to sentence him to jail time, saying it was too early to say whether his client was guilty.