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Naughty teachers and the students they love

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KRISTIN OSTMANN

Composite Score: 27

Number of Students: 1

Age Differential: 7 (25-18)

Sordid Details: The former Olmsted Falls High School science teacher struck up a romance with an 18-year-old and took him on a whirlwind romp to the Red Roof Inn in Middleburg Heights. Quite an expenditure on a teacher's salary, considering that they went on four different occasions over a two-week span. No word on whether she sprung for Pay Per View. (7)

Mitigating Factors: The victim was of legal age, and at least she eschewed the motels on Pearl Rd. in Strongsville, showing just a bit of class. (2)

Summary and Sentencing: After pleading guilty to one count of aggravated assault last year, Ostmann surrendered her teaching license and was sentenced to six months in prison. She may or may not currently work in housekeeping for the Red Roof Inn. (5)

MARY

SCHNELL

Composite Score: 22.25

Number of Students: 1

Age Differential: 9 (25-16)

Sordid Details: The Aurora teacher had sex with her teenage paramour at least twice, according to published reports. That did not include an au naturel encounter in the woods, though that was in the planning stages. But Schnell decided against it when her "motherly instinct and teaching instinct kicked in." Of course, those instincts had no qualms about getting a hotel room, and having sex in a car in a parking lot behind a bar. Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman wasn't buying it, either, telling Schnell, "You have no motherly instinct. You have no teaching instinct." (9)

Mitigating Factors: Schnell's lawyer claimed she suffered sexual assault as an adolescent. The mother of the victim even wrote a letter asking that Schnell not be sent to prison. (4)

Summary and Sentencing: Noting that she took the boy out drinking and "acted like he was your boyfriend," Judge Pittman sentenced Schnell to two years in prison, where she will have plenty of time to further develop her motherly instincts. (8)

CONSTANCE YACOBOZZI

Composite Score: 9.33

Number of Students: 1

Age Differential: 12 (29-17)

Sordid Details: The missionary position of sex scandals: She plied the boy with coffee dates and took him back to her house. (2)

Mitigating Factors: "Words cannot express how remorseful I am about everything," she told the judge during sentencing. Her lawyer characterized her behavior as an "aberration," and promised that she would never appear in a courtroom again. So she basically pinky swore to behave, which is good enough for us. (3)

Summary and Sentencing: It was just last week that Yacobozzi, a former high school science teacher in North Ridgeville, sat in Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski's courtroom to receive her punishment for teaching a 17-year old about two Bs — or three or four or five, depending on your knowledge of the Urban Dictionary and imagination. Yacobozzi's illegal tryst was allegedly uncovered when she sent a picture of herself in a bikini to a second student, showing ace judgment.

Noting that female teachers seem to get off easier than male teachers in these ugly affairs, the victim's mother said, "I ask the court to consider a punishment more than just community service and probation. Please don't send a message that this is OK." And she added what no parent should ever have to say out loud: "I sent my son to school to learn, not to have sexual relations with a teacher."

Nevertheless, Yacobozzi got off with three years of probation, sending a clear message to other teachers: It's totally OK. (4)

THE GOLD STANDARD

Damn! Once again, shown up by the hicks from downstate. Still, there's no arguing with this as the apotheosis of teacher sex scandals in Ohio, the standard by which all others must be judged.

SARAH JONES

Number of Students: 1

Age Differential: 9 (27-16)

Sordid Details: What healthy high school lad hasn't lusted after a cheerleader? Sarah Jones, a member of the Cincinnati Bengals' 2011 cheerleading squad and an English Teacher at Dixie Heights High School, allegedly made one of her students' wet dreams come true with a two-month affair last fall. Details are scant, though the young man was reportedly a football player. Jones was coming off a broken marriage torn apart by earlier rumors of sexual escapades — specifically, that she had contracted an STD from a Bengals player — that were posted on TheDirty.com. As if all that weren't enough, her mother, Cheryl Jones, has also been charged with tampering with evidence, allegedly for asking someone to "destroy" her daughter's mobile phone.

Mitigating Factors: She denies the affair. The student denies the affair. According to Jones' lawyer, the student's parents "don't have anything bad to say about Sarah." And the whole ugly business actually happened in Kentucky.

Summary and Sentencing: Jones pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree sexual abuse; her trial is scheduled for October. Currently on release with electronic monitoring, she is said to look fetching in an ankle bracelet.

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