DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A former Miamisburg Middle School teacher was sentenced to one year in prison in connection to having sex with a student Tuesday.
Jessica Langford will serve one year in prison for each of the three sexual battery counts concurrently, five years probation and must pay $632 in restitution to the victim.
Langford also must register as a Tier III sex offender.
A jury found Langford guilty on 3 counts of sexual battery and 3 counts of unlawful conduct with a minor April 13.
“I would like to tell you how deeply sorry I am to you, your family, and everyone else impacted by my actions on May 23, 2017,” Langford said in court Tuesday as she read a letter to the victim.
“I take full accountability for my actions and choices I made,” she said. “We should not have been alone together at all, especially in my classroom.”
Langford also made a statement to Judge Timothy O’Connell, telling him she’s gotten counseling and asked him to consider her mother with stage 4 cancer and her daughter.
“I am begging you to consider her when giving me my sentencing,” Langford said of her daughter. “Please don’t punish her for my mistakes.”
Judge O’Connell cited the victim’s age, 14, and the teacher-student relationship they had previously shared as reasons for giving her time behind bars.
Before sentencing, the victim’s father also gave a statement. 2 NEWS is withholding his identity to protect the privacy of the victim.
“She was an adult trusted within her classroom not to sexually assault him,” the father said. “She should have been that adult and said, ‘No, none of this can happen.'”
The victim’s father also added life has been a struggle for his son as he asked the judge to impose the harshest penalty.
“He feels embarrassed and alone,” he said. “He’s bullied constantly at school and feels alone and helpless.”
Before court was adjourned, Langford was led away to begin serving her sentence.
Prosecutors said they were hoping for more prison time but were satisfied with the sentence.