Ex-teacher sent to prison for sex with student

The victim was 18, but in Ohio it's illegal for a teacher to have sex with a student, no matter the student's age.
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Jan 14, 2013

A former Licking County special education teacher was sentenced to four years in prison today for having sex with one of her students.

Sonya Horn, 32, a former intervention specialist at Johnstown High School, entered Alford pleas in November to four counts of felony sexual battery, not admitting guilt but conceding that there was enough evidence against her to convict her at trial. She also pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence, admitting that she altered phone records to make it appear that she didn’t have inappropriate contact with her then-18-year-old male victim.

In the state of Ohio, it is illegal for a teacher to have sex with a student, no matter the student's age.

Prosecutor Brian Waltz recommended the four-year sentence, and Licking County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Marcelain agreed. Horn will be classified a Tier III sex offender, requiring her to register her address every 90 days for life. The state has revoked her teaching license.

Johnstown school district officials notified authorities of the possible inappropriate relationship in November 2011. Prosecutors said Horn, who was living in Gahanna, and the teen had sexual contact between June and October of 2011, both at and outside the school. Waltz said Horn also got married during that period.

Horn declined to speak in court today, as did her victim.

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Lori Kurtzman - The Columbus Dispatch (MCT)

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Comments

JACKEL

Even in Adult Ed ?That's a bummer !

Brock Lee

my teachers are all old or men

Paranoid Illusion

Watch out Norwalk - expect an influx of resumes from teachers who disagree as it is apparent you are the exception to the rule. No jail time for teachers involved with Norwalk students, right??

Sarrak

Well, it was a Sandusky County Judge that gave her no time, not the Huron County Judge so perhaps the influx should go to Fremont.

richrs

Who cares

Kasey

So she has sex IN THE SCHOOL and outside of it with one of her students WHILE planning a wedding and marrying someone else? Sounds like this woman is quite a class act! Glad to have weeded this thing out of our education system. Yuck.

Windy

Well, what else should one expect from LICKING county?

Mr. Touchdown

She has sex with one of her special ed. students...That's the biggest shocker for me!