Ohio high school sex-with-students teacher sentenced

A former Ohio high school teacher who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two students was sentenced this week to two years in prison, followed by five years on post-release control, Cleveland.com reports.

Laura Dunker, 31, pleaded guilty last November to two counts of sexual batter after prosecutors dropped four other sexual battery charges and one count of tampering with evidence.

“Teachers are expected to be role models to their students and communities which they serve,” Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley said in a statement after Thursday’s hearing. “She took advantage of these students and now must face the consequences.”

Dunker, who faced 10 years in prison on the original charges, must also register as a Tier III sex offender, re-registering every 90 days for the rest of her life.

A Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted Dunker a year ago after her December 2019 arrest. Police had begun investigating when an assistant principal at Bedford High School revealed accusations against her, according to court records. She reportedly admitted that he had sex with the boys, telling investigators she would pick them up and drive to a park or bring them home if her husband wasn’t there.

The incidents took place between November 2018 and October 2019, according to News 5 Cleveland.

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[Featured image: Laura Dunker/Cuyahoga County Jail]