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I-Team: Woman Involved in Kidnapping Case Speaks
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LAS VEGAS -- Elaine Clermont continues saying she was right, even when she is on the wrong side of a detention cell.

Clermont was sentenced this week to 120 days plus probation for conspiracy to commit kidnapping and false imprisonment of a 6-year-old boy.

In 2008, a friend brought the boy to Clermont's house after he wandered away from Jo Mackey Elementary School. Instead of calling the police, Clermont called a contact in the Clark County School District office and the media to publicly shame CCSD.

Today, speaking on videoconference from inside the Clark County Detention Center, she said her actions were just "a blonde moment," and that "that was the only thought that came to mind."

Clermont had a long-standing feud with Mackey officials and the district over concerns of inappropriate classroom content and safety issues, even writing a 17-page letter to voice her worries.

The mother would not back down, even after the conviction.

"Knowing that you're right about something, despite Judge Herndon's saying that I'm wrong, I'm wrong, I'm wrong. I was right in my public concern for him," she said shortly before the 25-minute video feed conversation ended.

Clermont's friend, Laurinda Drake was acquitted last year. The pair kept the boy for 90 minutes.

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