A former school teacher in Ohio will be locked away for two years for what she did with her students. The teacher has recently been convicted for having sex with students on multiple occasions, both in her home and in her car before school. Documents obtained by PEOPLE last year accused former teacher Laura Dunker of six accounts of sexual battery – including four charges with one student and two with another victim.
Laura Dunker did not try to hide her fault. She pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual battery and would need to spend time in an Ohio jail for her crime. Over the intervening months, she waited for the judge to figure out how long she’d be locked away for what she did to her students in her car and in her home.
On Thursday, the judge decided that Dunker would be locked away in a cold Ohio prison for two years per each guilty count. However, the judge went easy on the child sex crimes, allowing her to serve her two prison sentences concurrently, which means she should get out of the Ohio jail in 2023.
After she does get out of jail for her sex crimes, she will need to be on probation for an additional five years. She will also need to register as a sex offender. She will be branded as a Tier III sex offender on the Ohio sex offender list. For the remainder of her life, she will be required to re-register on the list every ninety days for the rest of her life.
Before her crimes were uncovered, Dunker, now 31, worked as a teacher at Bedford High School in Bedford, Ohio. She allegedly committed sex crimes against the pair of students between the months of November 2018 to October 2019.
In one incident, prosecutors say that Dunker picked up a victim before school and had sexual intercourse with him while the car was parked. The pair then went into the school after they did the deed. Other criminal acts were committed inside the teacher’s home. She would bring her victims to her property, where she engaged in sexual intercourse with the high school students.
Another charge alleges that Dunker messed with evidence on or around November 6, 2019. This separate charge claims that she tampered with evidence while “knowing that an official proceeding or investigation was in progress.”
Although the families of the victims hoped she would speak during her sentencing, Dunker did not speak up. However, the prosecutors reiterated that this sex offender did commit heinous crimes that will stick with her victims for the rest of their lives.
“Teachers are expected to be role models to their students and communities which they serve,” Prosecutor Michael O’Malley told the court. “She took advantage of these students and now must face the consequences.”
Fortunately, this criminal was caught and convicted. But how many other teachers are doing something similar to Dunker, victimizing students before school? Do you think two years in jail is enough time behind bars for this teacher?
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