‘This is beyond punitive, it’s crippling – “Last week some got to walk from the same crime, this week those already incarcerated have to cough up seven-figure settlements, for the same teacher-student sex folly”‘
Federal judge side with victim’s family in plaintiffs in teacher-student sex abuse case
Court awarded record damages against Oklahoma eighth-grade English teacher who had sex with 15-year-old boy in her classroom
Jailed teacher, Jennifer Caswell, will have to pay her former student $1million after repeatedly having sex with him, even after she was forced to resign in the wake of the scandal
Caswell, 31, formerly Jennifer Saxton, is serving a 15-years jail sentence, five of them suspended, after pleading guilty to second-degree rape
Victim and his dad sued her for intentional infliction of emotional distress
Caswell’s attorney says she has no money to pay the $1million judgement, but accepts the verdict
In July, Hollis Public Schools agreed to pay the family $125,000 to settle a separate lawsuit
Casewell appeared on Dr Phil Show in May 2015 claiming she was ‘not a rapist’
She blamed the victim for putting the ‘first moves’ on her and taking her while she was standing in her classroom
Casewell who was married during her affair with the student, is now a single mother-of-one
It goes from Jail time to money time for Jennifer Caswell [photo, pleading her innocence on Dr. Phil Show]. The 31-year-old a former Oklahoma middle school teacher has to pony up $1million in damages to her victim while behind bars, serving 10 of a 15-year sentence for statutory rape of the same boy.
It goes from Jail time to money time for disgrace Oklahoma middle school teacher, Jennifer Caswell. The 31-year-old a former Oklahoma middle school teacher has to pay $1million in damages to her teen victim while behind bars, serving a 15-year sentence for statutory rape of the same boy.
A two year lawsuit that accused the former teacher of intentional infliction of emotional distress ended with US District Judge Robin Cauthron ruling in the boy’s favor, awarding the teenager $1million.
After pleading guilty to second-degree rape and other related charges stemming from her affair with a student. Caswell who was then known by her married name, Jennifer sexton was blinded with the 15-year sentence in 2015, with five years suspended,
Monday, an Oklahoma federal judge ruled that the former middle school teacher who is currently serving a 10-year sentence for having sex with her student will have to pay him $1miilion for causing him emotional distress.
Caswell was convicted and sentenced after she pled guilty to second-degree rape and related charges for having a half-dozen sexual encounters with a 15-year-old student at Hollis Middle School.
Around the same time, the victim and his father filed a civil lawsuit against Caswell and the Oklahoma school district that had employed her.
Oklahoma school district pays $125,000 to boy’s family after teacher, admitted having sex with eighth grader, ‘standing up’ in her classroom. Initially Jennifer Caswell blamed victim for ‘pursuing’ her
Jennifer Caswell before her arrest [left], in her mugshot[right], had just qualified for her licence weeks before she embarked on her foolhardy sexcapade. A judge has ruled that Caswell will have to pay her former student $1million for intentional infliction of emotional distress
The rookie teacher admitted to having sex with her student while standing up in her classroom at Hollis Middle School [photo], six weeks after she qualified for her teaching licence
The judge wrote in her opinion that the child ‘reported feelings of depression, isolation and self-blame,’ and that he felt humiliated after news of his sexual relationship with the teacher spread.
Plaintiff’s attorney Bob Wyatt said his clients were pleased with the outcome of the lawsuit, which they hoped would send a message to teachers and schools across the state that sexual abuse perpetrated by educators will not be tolerated, reported NewsOK.com.
According to the ruling, the victim had gone from being a popular athlete to the subject of mockery in his community, which eventually forced him to enroll in school in a different town, where he has no family and few friends.
‘In this case, a teacher abused her position of trust and authority to sexually violate a young man who will face the emotional effects of the encounter for the rest of his life,’ Cauthron wrote.
Following Jennifer Caswell belatedly admitting ‘ I had sex with student in my classroom,’ she got an unpleasant surprise. instead of the five max the defense was anticipating, she was slammed 15 years in June 2015. The mother-of-one Caswell will only become eligible for parole after serving a minimum of six and a half years
It was stated in court that the victim has been receiving counselling to deal with the trauma of the abuse, and his therapists expect that he will have problems in the future trusting women in general, and female authority figures in particular.
Caswell’s defense attorney said his client will spend the next several years behind bars and has no means to pay the $1million judgement, but she is unlikely to appeal the verdict.
Bob Wyatt, the victim’s lawyer, has acknowledged the money is likely ‘uncollectible.’
Last month, Hollis Public Schools agreed to pay the former student $125,000 to settle a separate lawsuit that accused the district of covering up Caswell’s sexual abuse.
The boy’ family allege he was told to keep his mouth shut about his relationship with Caswell.
She appeared on the Dr Phil Show in 2015 claiming that she was ‘not a rapist’ and blamed the 15-year-old boy for making the first move.
Caswell, who was formerly known by her married name, Saxton, said she was disgraced by her 10-year sentence and said: ‘I didn’t force anything. I didn’t manipulate. I didn’t take advantage.’
In July But Hollis Public Schools agreed to pay the six-figure sum to settle the claims made against them in relation to the illicit relationship.
Speaking out: In May, 2015 Caswell appeared on the Dr Phil Show claiming that she was ‘not a rapist’
The boy’s parents said his life outside of school and his grades suffered as a result of the relationship and that he suffered emotional distress and humiliation when word got out to classmates.
It was claimed the school allowed Caswell to resign so that she could keep her teaching credentials.
School attorney Andy Fugitt argued school officials notified police and the local district’s attorney’s office when Caswell resigned, and said the Oklahoma State Department of Education has the right to revoke a teacher’s credentials, not the school district.
‘The school district responded to the information it had — which was very limited — in an appropriate way,’ Fugitt told The Oklahoman.
In May 2015, Caswell appeared on the Dr Phil Show claiming that she was ‘not a rapist’ and blamed the 15-year-old boy for making the first move.
‘I didn’t force anything. I didn’t manipulate. I didn’t take advantage,’ she said at the time.
Harmon County District Judge Richard Darby sentenced Caswell to prison for the six incidents involving sex with the teenager.
The sentences were ordered to run concurrently, totaling 10 years behind bars for the then 29-year-old divorced mother-of-one from Hollis.
‘I can’t say that we had ever considered it being that harsh,’ Caswell’s attorney, David Cummins, told the station NewsOK after the hearing.
Cummins said they had expected a maximum sentence of five years.
Caswell, who has a son, now 8, will only become eligible for parole in six and a half years.
After her release, she will be required to register as a sex offender.
Dr Phil to Jennifer Caswell: Did you rape this child? May 2015, Caswell told Dr Phil she was ‘not a rapist’ and blamed the 15-year-old boy for making the first move – ‘I didn’t force anything. I didn’t manipulate. I didn’t take advantage,’ was her response.
In the wake of Caswell’s sentencing, the young victim’s mother said she felt the disgraced teacher’s punishment was fair.
After she resigned in April 2014 with her credentials intact, Caswell had sex with the boy in a vehicle, her house and the boy’s father’s house, according to prosecutors.
After the woman followed the 15-year-old 650 miles to Mississippi, where he had been sent to stay with his mother, the boy began cooperating with authorities.
During her appearance on the Dr Phil Show in May, Caswell suggested it was the boy’s persistence that led to them having sex in her classroom last April.
She told Dr Phil: ‘He came in, I was working on things, he kept coming closer to me and I would kind of walk away to the other part, you know another room, another areas of the classroom and he just walked up to me and then he kissed me. And then it just kind of went from there.’
Caswell told Dr Phil it was her student’s flirting and affection that led to them having sex. To aid her make better judgement in future, Caswell will be required to register as a sex offender after her release
‘I was walking around the classroom straightening up the desks and he came and I guess it was standing up,’ Caswell said.
The 31-year-old admitted that she did not tell the student to stop what he was doing.
She said: ‘I kept on saying, ”No, you know we can’t do this. No, no, no.”.
‘He wasn’t forcing me, I mean, I could’ve easily just walked out of my classroom, but I didn’t.
‘But I was resisting because I knew it was wrong, but I didn’t.’
Caswell said that following sex with the student, she felt ‘terrified’.
‘I just couldn’t believe I had done something like that,’ she added.
The sexual encounter took place within six weeks of Caswell having her teaching certificate. She was arrested two months later.
Caswell claimed her failing marriage with her now ex-husband, as well as the culture in her small town, all contributed to the unlawful relationship.
She said: ‘I felt very unwanted by my husband. I was with him for ten years and I was never complimented. We never held hands or were physical.’
The former English teacher said she was flattered and came to enjoy the attention, flirting and compliments she received from the student.
She told Dr Phil: ‘He was very flirty and I should have put a stop to it and I didn’t. I wasn’t used to the attention.’