Kandi Phillips, a former Lubbock County teacher, was sentenced to more than eight years in prison Friday.

The Department of Justice announced Phillips' sentencing in a press release that read in part:

According to documents filed in the case, between December 2016 through February 2017, Phillips was employed as a high school teacher at a public high school in Lubbock County, Texas. During her employment she began interacting online with a student at the school, and the communications turned sexual in nature. Phillips received, by way of the Internet, photographs depicting this minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

"I have no idea what makes a person - a teacher no less - think it's okay to engage in sexually explicit communication with a minor," said U.S. Attorney John Parker. "It simply boggles the mind."

Phillips resigned from Frenship after the incident went public. 

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