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Former Roosevelt High Teacher Pleads Guilty in Sex Crimes

A high school teacher pleaded guilty Tuesday to having sex with two of her male students.

Gabriela Cortez, 43, entered her plea to six felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 7 by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Edmund W. Clarke Jr.

The crimes occurred between September 2009 and November 2010, primarily in Cortez’s Montebello home, when the boys, now adults, were 16 and 17, according to Deputy District Attorney Hyunah Suh.

Cortez, a Spanish teacher at Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights at the time, was arrested Feb. 22 by Montebello police and released later that day after posting $140,000 bail.

She faces a maximum sentence of six years and four months behind bars, but Clarke could also order probation with no jail time, Suh said.