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SANANTONIO -- An elementary school teacher who admitted to a months-long sexual relationship with one of her fifth grade students was released from prison after serving less than six months of a 10-year prison sentence.

Local child advocacy groups criticized 437th District Judge Lori Valenzuela's decision on Monday to release Lucinda Rodriguez Caldwell, a first-time sex offender.

It does send the wrong message to the community and to the children in our community in allowing such a soft sentence, said Yolanda Valenzuela, vice president of Child Advocates San Antonio.

Caldwell was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child in July 2010. She resigned from Northside Independent School District's Cable Elementary School a few days later.

The victim's father said he pursued Caldwell's SUV for more than 30 miles after seeing the teacher with his son in the middle of the night.

Police pulled over both vehicles and discovered the 12-year-old was actually driving the SUV.

The victim's father had concerns about his son being forced to testify against Caldwell, which opened the possibility of a plea bargain.

Caldwell eventually pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of indecency with a child by exposure.

According to Caldwell's plea deal, she will remain on probation until the end of 2022.

She is no longer allowed to work as a teacher in Texas.

In our society we like to say the children come first. Children are the priority. But our actions don't really generally go along with that, said Kathleen Fletcher, president of the Voices for Children organization.

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