Jennifer Walsh Sycamore teacher sentenced to probation after Judge Jody Marie Luebbers arrives at the position the female educator’s teen victim is still in love.
Disconcert has come to the fore after an Ohio judge on Friday declined to sentence a former teacher who pleaded guilty to having sex with a 17-year-old female pupil to any jail time prison. Instead the transgressive teacher was ordered to mere probation after her student victim professed that she was still in love with her and police said they would likely carry on their romance.
Jennifer Walsh 27, had been facing 18 months behind bars on a charge of gross sexual imposition for having sex with the girl while working as a special ed teacher at Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Sycamore teacher was able to avoid jail after prosecutors allowed Walsh to plead to a lesser charge which carried only a probation sentence.
The judge, who remarked on how unique the case was, said that she was not a sexual predator despite having a relationship with the underage girl because she was ‘willing’.
Which is to wonder can a child ever be willing – at the hands of an individual in a position of authority, trust and power- especially if such power is abused?
‘The detective said you’re not a sexual predator and I don’t think you are, either,’ Judge Jody Marie Luebbers deliberated.
The judge reflected that the case was ‘truly unique’, reported the Cincinnati Enquirer.
‘I know in my heart that I am completely in love with this woman, without a doubt,’ the student said on Wednesday.
Unclear was the position of the teen victim’s parents following Walsh being allowed o walk free from court.
Jennifer Walsh Sycamore teacher sentenced to probation cause she wasn’t a male educator:
The Sycamore teacher’s probation follows the lead investigator having asked for leniency because the student victim never ‘felt forced or coerced.’
They said the romance was ‘real’ and would likely carry on.
Can romance ever really exist between an adult teacher and a child? No matter how ardent said feelings are? Didn’t such a relationship only come to exist because of the imbalance of power and trust?
‘[It] was actually real…and it will probably continue to be real,’ prosecutors insisted.
Montgomery Police Detective Steve Hoy said the case different from other teacher-student relationships he’s investigated, adding he believes their relationship is genuine.
Walsh’s probation sentencing follows Judge Luebbers meeting with the prosecutor and Walsh’s attorney in her chambers on Wednesday for 15 minutes, where he delayed the sentencing saying ‘I just need…more time.’
Not immediately understood is if Judge Luebbers would have arrived at the same probation sentencing had the genders of the oppressor and victim been reversed.