An Ohio woman who previously worked as a middle school teacher broke down in tears in a courtroom on Friday after a jury convicted her of sexually assaulting a student in a locked classroom, as reported by Dayton Daily News.
Jessica Langford, 32, was convicted of six counts of sexual battery and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor after sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student in a locked classroom in May of last year, during the last day of school, as previously reported by CrimeOnline. Her open weeping carried on for several minutes after the verdict had been read aloud.
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The unidentified victim, now 15, testified in court against his former teacher, in a court transcript provided by WHIO.
“We started kissing, she went in for a kiss and it escalated from there,” he said. “It felt uncomfortable… I thought it was wrong.”
Afterwards, the teen told the court that Langford ordered him to hide under a table when the principal entered the room, later telling him to “stick to the story” that the pair was in the room stacking desks.
It must be noted that the victim’s testimony operates in contrast to what he told authorities last spring, in which he repeatedly denied having physical contact with the teacher. Additionally, he told the court that he reached out to Langford on social media app Snapchat, telling her that he had contacted her because he wanted to have sexual intercourse.
Langford will face sentencing in the coming weeks. The judge ruled that she could remain free as she awaits that hearing. She is married and a mother to one child.
[Featured Image: Jessica Langford/Police Handout]