Judge Delays Sentencing After 17-Year-Old Girl Says She's In Love with Female Special Ed Teacher in Court
“I know in my heart that I am completely in love with this woman, without a doubt,” the student told the judge.
A judge has delayed sentencing in a case involving a female special ed teacher’s sexual relationship with a student — after the 17-year-old girl professed her love for the disgraced educator in court.
Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Jody Luebbers said she needed more time to deliberate on Wednesday and set a new sentencing date for Friday. The judge did not explain why.
The delay came after the lead investigator asked for leniency following testimony from the 17-year-old who claimed she never "felt forced or coerced" by the former teacher, 27-year-old Jennifer Walsh, Cincinnati.com reported.
Authorities claim the former Sycamore High School teacher carried out sex acts with the unnamed minor between May and August 2018. Walsh pled guilty last month to gross sexual imposition. However, the student said Wednesday everything "was willing, on both ends." If sentenced to the maximum Walsh could face 18 months behind bars.
"I know in my heart that I am completely in love with this woman, without a doubt," the minor told the judge Wednesday.
Walsh is said to have broken down in tears during the teen’s profession of love in court.
Montgomery Police Detective Steve Hoy told Judge Luebbers: "This relationship, I believe, was actually real."
"It will probably continue to be real," he concluded.
Later the student, Walsh’s own mother and Hoy met with Judge Luebbers and both the defense and prosecution behind closed doors. When they emerged 15 minutes later, Luebbers said, "I just need…more time."
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