Longmont Tutor Sentenced to Prison for Having Sexual Relationship with Student
A Longmont tutor found guilty of having a sexual relationship with her student was sentenced to at least 10 years in prison on Thursday morning in Boulder County District Court.
Natalie Gulyas, 36, was charged in March 2017 with sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust as a pattern of abuse, sexual exploitation of a child and internet sexual exploitation of a child.
Gulyas was found guilty on all counts after a jury trial in October 2018.
At her sentencing, Gulyas was ordered to an indeterminate sentence of 10 years to life in the Department of Corrections, with 20 years to life on parole for the sexual assault charge, according to Boulder County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Shannon Carbone.
Certain sex offenders are given indeterminate sentences when sent to prison , meaning they must successfully complete sex offender treatment before they can be released. If Gulyas is found to have not completed treatment, she could be held in prison for life.
For the sexual exploitation charge, she was ordered to 10 years of sex offender intensive supervised probation once she is released from prison. For the internet sexual exploitation charge, she was ordered to another 10 years to life in the probation program for adult sex offenders to run concurrent to the sex offender probation.
According to an arrest affidavit, the mother of a 14-year-old boy saw him and Gulyas, employed as his tutor at the time, kissing in the parents’ kitchen at the end of February 2017.
During opening statements in her trial, the prosecution argued that Gulyas made the boy feel special and enticed him into a relationship. The two called each other “fiancee” toward the end of the relationship, according to Boulder County Assistant District Attorney Katharina Booth, and sent inappropriate photographs to each other over text message.
Public defender Nicole Collins, the defense attorney for Gulyas, argued that the boy manipulated Gulyas. After having an argument with her mother, Gulyas had moved into the family’s home to tutor the boy full-time. Gulyas, who had been manipulated by her mother according to Collins, felt she had no choice but to do what the boy asked.
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