A FEMALE teacher from Ohio who had sex with two of her students at her home, in her car as well as having “morning trysts before school” has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Laura Dunker, 30, was working at Bedford High School in Ohio when the incidents took place between November 1 2018 and October 19 2019.
The former school teacher has now been convicted of two counts of sexual battery, a Cuyahoga County judge sentenced Laura Dunker to two years in prison.
Dunker was initially indicted on six counts of sexual battery in December 2019 for having sex with two male students, according to Bedford police, but later pleaded guilty to only two of the crimes.
According to court documents seen by People magazine, Dunker allegedly picked up one student before school, and had sex with him in her car, in a car park.
Two other alleged incidents took place at her home, court records have not revealed the boys’ ages.
Dunker pleaded not guilty on January 6 when she appeared at the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Cleveland TV station WKYC reported.
But a separate charge accuses Dunker of tampering with evidence around November 6 2019, while “knowing that an official proceeding or investigation was in progress.”
The Bedford City School District acknowledged the investigation and charges with a statement in 2020, to staff and student families.
A statement read: “As I previously shared with our community, we immediately put the teacher on leave in order to protect the safety and well-being of our students.
“The Board of Education accepted her resignation on December 5.”
The charges against the teacher actually total to four years, with each charge of sexual battery carrying a two year prison time.
However, the sentence will be served concurrently, which means Dunker will serve out her sentences at the same time and remain locked up for two years overall.
Dunker will also spend five years after her release from prison on post-release control, and will be required to register as a sex offender every 90 days for the rest of her life.
Dunker is the second teacher at Bedford High School to plead guilty to sexual battery charges involving students in the last two years.
Common Pleas Court Judge Joan Synenberg sentenced Sean Williams, the school’s former varsity football coach after he admitted to sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl on multiple occasions.
He was sentenced to six years in prison for the assault.
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