Andrea Connors, former Ky. high school teacher, going to jail for sex with student
(CBS) CAMPBELL COUNTY, Ky. - Former Fort Thomas teacher Andrea Connors was sentenced to spend 90 days in jail Wednesday, on charges of having a sex with a male student multiple times, CBS affiliate WKRC reports.
Connors entered a guilty plea in June to one count of sexual abuse in the first degree. Prosecutors said the former high school business teacher had sex with the boy multiple times, inside and outside of her classroom at Highlands High School.
During Connors' hearing Wednesday morning, her attorney Rob Dziech said she suffers from low-self esteem, social isolation and diminished focus.
"It sort of indicated the kind of psycho-social dysfunctionality that was a part of what led to the decision, obviously the very disastrous decision Ms. Conners made," Dziech said.
Connors briefly approached the judge and apologized for her actions.
"I would like to say how sincerely sorry I am to the victim and his family. I never meant to hurt anyone. I am fully to blame for this," she said.
Prosecutor Michelle Snodgrass described Conners as a predator, who had sex with the student at a state park, her parents' home and in the classroom at Highlands High. She argued for jail time.
Judge Fred Stine delivered the jail sentence in what he said should send a clear message to teachers. He told Connors that what she did was not only a mistake, but a serious crime. Both the prosecutor and defense said they respected the judge's ruling.
"I think it's important for any parent, not just here in Campbell County but everywhere, that when you drop off your child off at school that they are going to be protected by those people that are supposed to protect them," Snodgrass said.
Conners began serving her 90-day sentence in the Campbell County jail Wednesday afternoon. She will also serve a five-year probationary sentence and will have to register as a sex offender for the next 20 years. She was also ordered to attend a sex offender treatment program and will have to perform community service by instructing other educators about the seriousness of sex crimes with students.
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