(Elyria, Ohio) Former North Ridgeville High School teacher Constance Yacobozzi (aka Yacabozzi) has been sentenced to three years probation, much to the dismay of the victim's mother who referred to the sentence as a slap on the wrist.
Yacobozzi claimed she is remorseful.
But the victim’s mother, Margie Mahaffey, asked the judge to send Yacabozzi to jail for violating her son.It's believed that 'The factors are the factors' is a legalistic euphemism for 'Up yours.'
“If this were a 28 year-old male (teacher) with a 17 year-old girl, a junior, this would not even be a question,” Mahaffey told the court.
But Judge Mark Betleski says the law makes him consider certain factors and he found that Yacabozzi has no criminal history and is unlikely to repeat her offense.
“The factors are the factors,” the judge said.
In any event, Yacobozzi was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service and to register as a sex offender.
Ohio Teacher Guilty of Sexual Battery - Updated
[Previous 6/5/12 post]
(Elyria, Ohio) Yesterday, former North Ridgeville High School teacher Constance Yacobozzi pleaded guilty to engaging in sex with a 17-year-old male student.
Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski said he told Yacobozzi that she will likely receive probation when she is sentenced later this year. That is contingent on a report on her past coming back without any prior criminal convictions, the judge said.Seems like a real friendly judge, eh? (h/t Phil)
Yacobozzi, 29, resigned in March, but had been on leave since November while the district and police investigated the allegations against her. The district had been in the process of firing her when she left her job.
According to the indictment, handed down shortly before her resignation, Yacobozzi, whom records show is married, had sexual contact with the student Nov. 7.
Ohio Teacher Accused of Sexual Battery
[Previous 3/16/12 post]
(North Ridgeville, Ohio) A 28-year-old teacher at North Ridgeville High School, Constance Yacobozzi, has been accused of sexual battery of a 17-year-old male student.
Yacobozzi has been indicted by a Lorain County grand jury.
In November, Yacobozzi admitted to school officials she had texted photos of herself wearing a bikini top to a student, as well as having inappropriate and flirtatious conversation with him via text messaging.Yacobozzi was arrested by Lorain County Sheriff's Deputies.
At the time, Yacobozzi denied having sexual relations with the student.