Man details his shock at learning wife allegedly had affair with student: 'Something you just can't believe'

The estranged husband of a California teacher accused of having sex with an underage student says he was stunned by the news. 

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“The initial shock when you first find something out like this, it was pretty terrible,” Scott Ciotta told Inside Edition. “When you see a mugshot and it is on every network and you just see a picture of a person who you've known for 10 years of your life, you fell in love with, raised a family with and now you're seeing something on the news, it's something you just can't believe.” 

His 32-year-old wife, Samantha, was a high school English teacher and cheerleading coach at Beaumont High School. 

Teacher scandals, crimes and accusations throughout history
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Teacher scandals, crimes and accusations throughout history
Mary Kay LeTourneau, the former teacher who pleaded guilty to raping a 13-year-old student and then having a child from the affair. Le Tourneau would later marry the student, Vili Fualaau, and the two would have two daughters together.

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John Mark Karr, is the teacher who falsely confessed to killing  child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey.

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Debra Lafave pleaded guilty in 2005 to sexual encounters with one of her middle school students.

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Tad Cummins, a former Tennessee high school teacher accused of kidnapping a teenage student and taking her from Tennessee to California.

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Pamela Smart, a former high school media coordinator was convicted of enlisting several teenagers to murder her husband. 

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Rachel Respess (L) and Shelley Dufresne, both high school teachers in Louisiana, were arrested in 2014 on suspicion of having group sex with a 16-year-old boy at one of the teacher's apartments, according to authorities.

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Samantha Lee Ciotta is accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage student while she was a high school English teacher and cheerleading coach at Beaumont High School in California. 

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Former teacher James Hooker left his wife and children to  move in with his 18-year-old student, Jordan Powers. The two reportedly briefly broke up after Hooker was arrested on charges of sexual assault against another student back in 1998.

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Christopher Paul Neil, a former teacher, is a convicted sex offender who gained notoriety for the digitally-distorted images of his face he posted online.

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She was arrested after students reportedly passed around Snapchat video of her dancing with two students in her underwear. She allegedly had sex with one of the students in her house. The relationship reportedly began after she helped out the teen when he was failing her class.

Her case is the latest in a seemingly endless list of teacher-sex scandals — a fact that is not lost on her husband.

“You really don't understand how it truly feels till it actually happens in your life," he said. 

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He added that and his wife had been drifting apart before, but the scandal has destroyed the marriage. 

“We filed for divorce but I’m waiting, putting that on the back burner till the case is over,” he said. “I'm just waiting to see what happens with the trial before I make a decision [of] what I believe and what I don't believe.”

He has custody of their two children but he's agreed to let her see them.

Ciotta admitted that he still cares for his wife but admits “I’m definitely not in love with her.” 

He added that there is “absolutely not” a scenario where he envisions the two of them back together like they once were. 

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