She turned down a plea that would have gave her 5 months and now she has to do hard time...Dope 'I'm lost and I'm broken': Ex-Catholic school tutor pleads for mercy, gets up to 25 years in prison for sex with 15-year-old (VIDEO) Abigail Simon, a 35-year-old former Michigan Catholic high school tutor , has been sentenced to 8-25 years in prison after being convicted of having sex with a 15-year-old boy. BY Jason Molinet NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, January 15, 2015, 2:34 AM Chris Clark/AP Abigail Simon, seen in Judge Paul Sullivan's Kent County courtroom, was sentenced Wednesday on three counts of criminal sexual misconduct. A Michigan Catholic high school tutor who turned down a plea deal to spend months behind bars has been sentenced to 8-25 years in prison after being convicted of having sex with a 15-year-old boy. Abigail Simon, 35, pleaded with Judge Paul Sullivan for mercy Wednesday and collapsed twice during the hearing at Kent County Circuit Court in Grand Rapids, Mich., WOOD reported. "I was overtaken by fear and I was scared and lost, felt like I was drowning," Simon said in court. "I'm sorry I was not strong enough to get away from him." Simon was convicted on three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and accosting a minor for immoral purposes on Nov. 26 after a relationship with a 6-foot-3, 220-pound boy she said threatened and coerced her into sex. "In 25 years, I don't think we've seen anything like it," Chief Assistant Kent County Prosecutor Christopher Becker told MLive of the defense strategy, which took on the so-called dysfunction of the victim's family life. 'I’m lost and I'm broken and I don't know how to go on,' Simon said in court. The former Catholic Central High School tutor refused a plea deal that would have avoided the three-week trial and sent her to prison for just five months. Instead, the intimate details of the sexual relationship, including more than 1,000 racy text messages between Simon and the boy, were revealed in court. Jurors found her guilty and the judge imposed a hefty sentence. Grand Rapid Police Department Simon (seen in her 2013 booking photo) was fired in April 2013 when the 15-year-old boy's mother told school administrators about the relationship. "I'm lost and I'm broken and I don't know how to go on," Simon said in court, according to MLive. "I'm asking you to let me go home as soon as possible." Simon was fired from her job as a tutor and study hall teacher in April 2013 when the boy's mother told school administrators of the three-month relationship. Google Maps The 35-year-old had been a tutor and study hall teacher at Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids, Mich.