A former Collins High School special needs teacher received probation Monday after pleading guilty in May to having sex with students.
Shannon Hirchert, 43, received a 7-year sentence, but Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman probated her sentence for a period of 5 years.
He also ordered her to register as a sex offender and prohibited her from being around minors. She is prohibited from teaching school anywhere in the United States.
Hirchert had pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and distribution of obscene matter.