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Teacher Who Had Sex with 14 Year-old Student Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison

November 11, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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A judge sentenced a 32-year-old former Bay City middle school teacher to serve at least the next seven and a half years in prison after she confessed to having sex with one of her students.

Bay County Chief Circuit Judge Kenneth W. Schmidt ordered Sarah M. Raymo on Monday, Nov. 10, to serve 7 years and 6 months to 15 years in prison, with credit for 87 days served, closing a case that started in January.

Schmidt sentenced Raymo using the higher end of the court’s sentencing guidelines due to the nature of the case, he said. After she pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, she knew she would spend at least 57 months behind bars.

“As a teacher, you’re placed in a position of trust over your students,” Schmidt said. “That trust was violated when you elected to freely and willingly have sex with one of your students, no matter what the circumstances were surrounding your acceptance of the fact that you were going to have sex with this young man.

The victim has been greatly impacted by this. He switched schools and is seeking therapy.
“Taking everything into consideration and including the fact that you violated the trust placed in you as a teacher of students, particularly the age of these students — we’re talking about eighth grade — the higher end of the guidelines is appropriate.”

As Schmidt read the sentencing, Raymo was shaking and breathing heavily, occasionally wiping away tears. She didn’t offer a statement before Schmidt’s sentencing, but defense attorney Matthew L. Reyes pointed to the fact that she had no prior convictions and had the love and support of her family, who were present in the courtroom.

Reyes also argued the facts in the case don’t fall under predatory conduct, saying the victim initiated the conversation with Raymo through a classroom journal. Those writings, he said, turned into conversations via text messaging.

“I acknowledge that the victim is incapable of consenting to sexual intercourse, but the victim is not incapable of initiating sexual conversations,” Reyes said.

Parents of the teen victim didn’t attend Monday’s sentencing. Bay County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Nancy E. Borushko summarized a prepared victim’s statement that detailed the psychological impact Raymo’s actions had on their child.

“What is very clear to the parents of the victim and to myself is that this is somebody who took advantage of their child.

There has been much said out there about how lucky the victim is, and that this is not a big deal, but this is a big deal to not only the victim, but also his parents.

“This crime is a crime of selfishness and a betrayal of trust… she used a student and she used a child to satisfy whatever selfish needs or issues that she was trying to address. I think it’s important not only to the parents, but to the victim in this case, and the community at large that when you betray trust in this fashion that there should be a severe penalty.”

Family members of Raymo declined to comment following Monday’s proceedings.
Raymo was scheduled to face a jury trial at the end of September, but instead, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, admitting she had sexual intercourse with a person who was at least 13 years of age, but under 16-years-old.
In exchange for her pleas, Borushko agreed to dismiss four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Prosecutors argued that Raymo used her authority as a teacher at T.L. Handy Middle School to procure sex from a 14-year-old male student during the 2012-2013 school year.

The teen who Raymo had sex with testified in a Jan. 29 preliminary examination that the teacher asked him to stay after school one day and they ended up having sex in her classroom. In that examination, the teen testified he had sex with Raymo six to eight times, sometimes in her classroom, other times at her Essexville home.

The teen would go on to tell his friends about his relationship with the teacher and rumors started to swirl at the middle school. School officials notified police and Raymo was arrested the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 14, and arraigned the next day.

Reyes said he disagreed with the judge’s decision to give her the higher end of the sentencing guidelines.

“It’s just wrong. I don’t feel the judge knows the file like I do,” Reyes said. “She’s probably not ready for what’s ahead.”

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