Former St. Paul high school teacher and his former student, whom he admitted to a sexual relationship with, were reunited after his sentencing Wednesday.
Matthew C. Ellison, 36, was sentenced to five years of probation after being found guilty of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with now 18-year-old Anjelica Pentheros, the Star Tribune reports.
The two were reunited after a judge decided against granting Pentheros' father's request of a no-contact order between his daughter and Ellison.
Pentheros told the Pioneer Press, "I want everyone to know that this (prosecution) was not my choice. I was no victimized."
The Press also reports that Ellsworth will not have to spend any time in jail. If he follows the rules of his probation, his felony charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor. However, the judge ordered that Ellsworth register as a predatory offender for 10 years.
"I wish to be with him forever, and I don't care what it costs," Pentheros said.