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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Andrea Conners Sentenced to Jail Time


Former Highlands High School teacher, Andrea Conners, was back in front of Campbell County Circuit Court Judge Fred Stine today. Conners was sentenced to serve 90 days in the Campbell County jail and five years probation for engaging in a sexual relationship with an underage male student. She is likely to lose her teaching certificate, and she is also likely to be registered as a sex offender for life. Conners plead guilty to the charges in June, and could have faced up to five years in jail. Due to the guilty plea, neither Conners nor the student had to testify in court. The victim and victim's family did not attend the sentencing today.

Some more startling details were revealed today in the court room. Over the course of several months, Conners reportedly engaged in sexual activity with the student in a Highlands High School classroom and also a state park. Additionally, the victim has reportedly been hospitalized on four separate occasions for anxiety and depression since the affair went public.

What do you think of today's sentencing?

7 comments:

  1. He should have anxiety and depression for guilt! Her guilt is obvious, but he should be just as guilty. C'mon he was almost 18 yrs old. Everyone knows it was consensual! Teenagers are preying on good teachers and making a game out of it. This kid knew what he was doing. He wasn't a 5 yr old. Give me a break. He should also feel anxiety over the # of students that are pissed at him for getting her fired. She was one of the best teachers at that school.

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    1. Your comment is sickening. What she did was wrong, what she did was illegal. If she was a good teacher, this would have never happened. She did what she did, now she has to pay the consequences. Her actions got her fired.

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    2. Are you kidding me?! Teaching is much more than giving students facts and showing them how to solve equations. I cannot believe you call her a good teacher after she blatantly disregarded the contract she agreed to upon being hired as a teacher. I also know first hand what kind of teacher she was. Do NOT get her confused with the many great teachers at Highlands; teachers that are respected for their loyalty, ethics, and more importantly responsibility as a role model and adult. She was most certainly not that kind of teacher.

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  2. The hospitalization of the victim is probably the most newsworthy detail that came out. It sheds the stigma or notion that a male student and a female teacher sexual relationship is that of a joking matter all the time. This could end up in court again as a civil suit, with the Fort Thomas school district possibly as the defendant.

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  3. There is a reason we have laws protecting minors. There is a reason we do not send teenagers into war or allow them to vote. There is a reason we do not require a minor to drop out of school without parental consent. Minors are not of sound mind to make life-altering decisions. I don't know if the sexual relationship was consensual or not, I would imagine it likely was. But he was a minor and she was not only and adult but an adult in a position of authority and she should have known better but didn't. Her light sentence likely reflects the fact that it was consensual but I agree with her losing her teaching certificate and having to register as a sex offender; she should not be in a position where, as an adult, she can use such incredibly poor judgment again, even if what she did was not, necessarily, predatory.

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  4. I continue to be absolutely perplexed as to the distinct difference male and female sexual predators are treated by our judicial system. In both cases you have an adult in a position of authority taking advantage of a minor who is not mature enough to understand the situation they are being placed in. But in almost every instance you see male sexual predators under the same circumstances receiving anywhere from 10-32 years for their crimes. While Andrea Conners and other female child molesters are receiving under a year? She was given a slap on the wrist. Hopefully that minor penalty will still impact the way she lives her life moving forward.

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  5. If a married teacher (or any adult teacher took advantage of my son or daughter and had a sexual relationship with one of them at school, I'd sure hope the teacher would be sentenced to more than 90 days in jail. I'd certainly be there at the hearing and be pressing charges whether or not it caused embarrassment or not for my family. This happened on school property. She is not a good teacher or person. And while the boy was almost 18 and probably knew what he was doing, she was still in a position of authority that she abused. Like someone else said above, if the tables were turned and it was a male teacher with a female victim, no way would he be getting only 90 days in jail.

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