Friday, August 24, 2012

Ex-Highlands teacher sentenced for sex with student‎


Andrea Conners, 33-year-old accounting and finance teacher at Highlands High School, Ft. Thomas.Kentucky, resigned in May 2012 after amid suspicion of engaging in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male student. Married mother of two young boys was indicted on a charge of first-degree sex abuse stemming from a sexual relationship with 17-year-old male student during October and November 2011.
At first Mrs Conners denied everything, but a month later to avoit a trial teacher pleaded guilty on one count of first-degree sexual abuse. The plea came during only her second time in court on the charge. She allegedly had sex with the boy numerous times, both in classrooms on the school’s campus and at the teen’s home, prosecutors claimed, but her guilty plea meant that neither she nor the student had to testify in front of a court.
In August 2012 Andrea Conners was sentenced by Campbell County Circuit Court Judge Fred Stine to serve 90 days in jail and five years of probation. She must also complete 500 hours of community service and register as a sex offender for 20 years.
Her attorney Rob Dziech said his client was remorseful and that her ‘horrible mistake’ had ruined her ten-year marriage and damaged her relationship with her two sons. The former business and communications teacher has been married for more than a decade to the principal of a nearby junior high school, who reportedly stood by her in court during her hearing in June.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Michelle Snodgrass had recommended an 18-month sentence. She then told Stine details of the crime that hadn’t become public since Conners pleaded guilty to avoid trial. “There was sex in the school, in the classroom, state park, her parents’ home,” Snodgrass said. “This was not a one-time incident, your honor. This is not a one-time mistake. This was an ongoing sexual relationship between a teacher and her student.” She cited research that shows adolescent boys who engaged in sexual relationships with female teachers have an difficulties engaging in appropriate relationships as adults. She also told the court that the victim has been hospitalized four times, mainly related to issues of his anxiety and stress and that he blames himself for what happened.
Conners’ attorney, Rob Dziech, had asked for probation so his client could continue psychological counseling and her two young children could avoid the stigma of having a mother in jai.

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