A teacher from Ohio has been jailed for two years for having sex with a student who she says "looked and acted like her husband", People has confirmed.
Laura Bucy, a 32-year-old Home Economics teacher pleaded guilty in June to felony sexual battery and was sentenced on Wednesday.
She had left her teaching position in Twinsburg, Ohio following her arrest in September 2018, and had been facing five years in jail. However, she could, in fact, be behind bars for as little as six months if she demonstrates good behavior.Learn more about the story from this WKYC news report:
Bucy reportedly confessed to police officers that she had once had sex with a 17-year-old male student in the fall of 2017, soon after she started working at the school.
It was also reported that she sent inappropriate text messages to the teen, and bought vaping products and marijuana for him.
When she was arrested, Bucy told police that the teenage student “looked and acted like her husband.” As part of her sentencing on Wednesday, Bucy was classified as a sex offender, meaning she will be required to report her address to authorities every three months for the rest of her life.
Before she was sentenced, the victim's parents urged the judge to send Bucy to jail. “You have seriously injured this boy,” the father of the individual said, according to the Columbus Dispatch. “We fear he will never be the same.”
According to the Dispatch, Bucy made a public apology to the student's family in addition to her own family and her former co-workers, during her sentencing hearing on Wednesday.
“They all deserve better and I’m sorry I allowed this to occur,” Bucy said while she sobbed, the paper reports. “I do not believe this incident is a true reflection of who I am and will never let it happen again.”