MIAMISBURG, Ohio – A former Ohio middle school teacher who was found guilty of having sex with her 14-year-old student was sentenced to one year in prison and five years of probation, reported Daily Mail.
Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Timothy O’Connell sentenced Jessica Langford, 32, for each of the three convictions for sexual battery. The former teacher had intercourse with her student inside a locked classroom at Miamisburg Middle School.
Langford, a married mother-of-one from Centerville, had taught math at the school for nine years. However, she resigned her position in late May after allegations of the crime came to light.
“There isn’t a day goes by that I don’t wish I could do things differently. I know I am fully responsible,” she told the judge in court.
“She was entrusted with the care of the children and students and threw it away for her own sexual gratification,” the victim’s father said. Moreover, he asked for the maximum sentence, which could have been 15 years behind bars.
He said his son has had to endure the stress and horror of a trial and is being treated differently by his coaches, other teachers and classmates.
“He feels embarrassed and alone. He’s bullied constantly at school and feels helpless and alone,” said the father.
Jurors reached the verdict April 13 after five hours of deliberation spread over two days. Langford was convicted of all six counts of sexual battery and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
The victim, now age 15, recounted for the court how their sexual encounter unfolded on the last day of school in May 2017 inside a locked classroom at Miamisburg Middle School.
“We started kissing, she went in for a kiss and it escalated from there,” the teenager told the jury, according to a WHIO report.
According to the victim, he and Langford went on to engage in multiple sex acts, including intercourse and oral sex, for 20-30 minutes until the school principal knocked on the door of the locked classroom.
Langford reportedly told the minor to hide under a table and left with the principal. She later came back and instructed the boy to “stick to the story” that he was in the room stacking desks.
“It felt uncomfortable … I thought it was wrong,” the teenager said of the classroom sex.
Earlier in his testimony, the boy said he and Langford connected on Snapchat. When the teacher asked him why he reached out to her on the app, he said he replied that he wanted to have sex.
Judge points out Langford has no criminal history, sentences Jessica Langford to one year in prison for each of the three convictions for sexual battery. However, the judge will allow them to be served concurrently, meaning she will be in priosn for just one year. pic.twitter.com/gxkrHxHTrt
— Mike Campbell (@MCampbellWHIO) May 29, 2018
The defense questioned the student’s credibility, pointing to the fact that he had repeatedly denied having sex with the teacher last spring.
The now-15-year-old boy explained that he initially lied about his relationship with Langford for fear that his teenage girlfriend would break up with him for cheating on her.