BREAKING NEWS – San Bernardino, California – A California high school teacher has been arrested for allegedly having sex with an underage male student, officials say.

Yucaipa High School teacher Tracy Vanderhulst, 38, was arrested by authorities. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office said that they investigated the allegations on and quickly identified her as the suspect. She was Teacher of the Year in 2017.

Authorities did not reveal if the 16-year-old victim is still a student at Yucaipa High School.

“I was teacher of the year,” Vanderhulst said to a judge during her arraignment. “And with that recognition, I felt I was entitled to certain benefits, but apparently California state laws and my young lover’s parents don’t agree with me.”