Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Penn Teacher Sentenced for Sex with Students

Christy Lee Smith, 34-year-old fromer McCaskey High School teacher from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who was  convicted in July 2012  on 18 counts of having sex with two male students, has been sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison.

Smith was initially arrested in October 2010 for allegedly engaging in multiple sexual encounters with a 15-year-old male student at her home. At the time she faced three counts of statutory sexual assault, six counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, three counts of unlawful contact with minor and three counts of corruption of minors. Couple of weeks later she faced new charges stemming from the alleged sexual relationship with another male student. Those charges were only the beginning, as in January 2012 it was revealed that Mrs. Smith had also been charged with child pornography.

Smith took multiple photos of sexual encounters with one of her victims, a 17-year-old boy and kept the photos on her home computer and cellphone, according to charging documents.The pornography investigation was started by the police after an interview with the 17-year-old boy where the boy told that Smith took photos with her cellphone camera while performing oral sex acts on him and when  the two engaged in sexual intercourse. During a search at Smith's apartment on College Avenue in October 2010, eight photos were discovered on her computer and cellphone, the affidavit says. They depicted the victim in the nude or engaged in sex acts. The boy told police that he is in the photos.

The victims testified in detail at the trial about how they believed Smith was their girlfriend. According to testimony Christy Smith was aware of their ages. McCaskey High School colleagues told Smith that she was getting too close to one of the victims. While crediting the McCaskey staff that tried to warn Smith about the relationship, Judge Dennis Reinaker scolded district administrators for not looking out for the victim.

Christy Smith Senteced to 20 to 40 Years in Prison

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