Jessica Storer, a former substitute teacher through the Putnam County Educational Service Center, was sentenced Monday to two years behind bars.
Her husband, Derrick Storer, is expected to appear in court Tuesday for supposedly giving the victim alcohol. He faces up to six months in jail.
During her sentencing, the 29-year-old educator and mother of two addressed the court saying her sexual relationship with the unnamed male 18-year-old student was a “one-time thing,” Lima Ohio reported.
“I accept full responsibility for him drinking and for not saying no,” she added. “I do feel it was consensual. It was not forced. That’s where I came in saying this should be between my husband and I, my priest and God.”
However Judge Randall Basinger chided her for that simplistic view of her actions. Basinger told her she was the adult, despite the teen being an adult by age. “I understand. I should have said no,” she said.
Storer asked Basinger to consider her mental health. She said she has had inpatient and outpatient treatment, and is taking medication to help her with bipolar disorder and depression. Storer also pleaded with Basinger for a short sentence saying she has two children at home who have never been away from her.
Judge Basingerhowever admonished her.He told Storer he was concerned with her shifting responsibility to the teenager.
The student reportedly visited Jessica and Derrick’s home often, and the couple let him drink on multiple occasions.
“Alcohol was at my home,” she said. “I did not force him to drink it. I allowed him.”
The victim’s father also addressed the room, revealing that his son has tried to commit suicide twice since his teacher took advantage of him.
“He is trying to make his way out of this,” the father said. “Our son is going to have to live with this for the rest of his life.”
A representative of Crime Victim’s Services said Jessica manipulated the teen while allowing him to discuss a recent breakup with her. Since the incident, the victim said he’s been bullied online and harassed at school.
“Jessica Storer has really made the last six months a living hell for me,” a statement from the student read. “I hated it and I hated myself for doing it.”
In addition to going to prison, the judge ordered Jessica to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.