Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Timothy O’Connell sentenced school teacher Jessica Langford today to one year in prison and five years of probation
The former middle school teacher from Centerville, Ohio who was found guilty of having sex with her 14-year-old student was sentenced today to one year in prison and five years of probation.
Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Timothy O’Connell sentenced Jessica Langford for each of the three convictions for sexual battery. They had intercourse inside a locked classroom at Miamisburg Middle school.
Langford, was a tenured math teacher at the school until she was forced to resign her position, late May, in the wake of the sexual misconduct scandal.
Ex-Miamisburg teacher Jessica Langford [photo right] was convicted on all six counts in student sex trial
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In court a repentant Langford told the judge: ‘There isn’t a day goes by that I don’t wish I could do things differently. I know I am fully responsible.’
However, the victim’s dad was less sympathetic as he said: ‘She was entrusted with the care of the children and students and threw it away for her own sexual gratification,’ The incensed father had asked for the maximum sentence, which would have been seen Langford spend 15 years behind bars.
Jessica Langford [seen in court], from Centerville, Ohio, taught math at Miamisburg Middle School for nine years, before she had to resign
Langford, 32-year-old a married mother-of-one from Centerville, had taught math at Miamisburg Middle School for nine years, until she resigned her position in late May after allegations of sexual misconduct had come to light
The victim’s dad was less than pleased by the stress his son has had to endure, the horror of a trial and now 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,’ his father said.
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, described in detail 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.
Jessica Langford, resigned her nine-year post as a middle school math teacher after the tryst was exposed last year. She was found guilty of having sex with her 14-year-old student was sentenced today to one year in prison and five years of probation
‘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 boy, 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 allegedly told the minor to hide under a table and left with the principal. She later came back and allegedly told the boy to ‘stick to the story’ that he was in the room stacking desks.
‘It felt uncomfortable…I thought it was wrong,’ the boy said of the classroom tryst.
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.
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.