Saturday, August 15, 2015

Teacher gets 10 years in prison after she repeatedly had sex with 15-year-old student in her classroom.






A former Oklahoma middle school teacher who has publicly admitted to having sex with a 15-year-old student in her classroom was stunned when on Wednesday a judge sentenced her to 10 years in prison.

Jennifer Caswell, 29, formerly known by her married name Saxton, pleaded guilty in June to second-degree rape and other related charges, a year after her arrest on suspicion of carrying on an inappropriate relationship with a minor.

In May, Caswell appeared on the Dr Phil Show claiming that she was 'not a rapist' and blamed the 15-year-old boy for making the first move.

Teacher gets 10 years in prison after she repeatedly had sex with 15-year-old student.

'I didn't force anything. I didn't manipulate. I didn't take advantage,' she said at the time.

On Wednesday, Harmon County District Judge Richard Darby sentenced Caswell to 15 years in prison, with five years suspended, for each of the six incidents involving sex with the teenager.

The sentences are to run concurrently, totaling 10 years behind bars for the 29-year-old divorced mother of one from Hollis.

'I can’t say that we had ever considered it being that harsh,' Caswell's attorney, David Cummins, told the station NewsOK after the hearing.

Cummins said they had expected a maximum sentence of five years.

Caswell, who has a 6-year-old son, will only become eligible for parole in 8.5 years. After her release, she will be required to register as a sex offender.

In the wake of Caswell's sentencing, the young victim's mother said she feels the disgraced teacher's punishment is fair.



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