A former Miamisburg Middle School teacher is on trial this week, accused of having sex with a student.
Jessica Langford, 32, of Centerville, was indicted in November on three counts of sexual battery and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
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Langford pleaded not guilty to all charges and has been free on her own recognizance.
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The trial started Tuesday. Here are five things to know about the case:
•The alleged victim. The 15-year-old son of a local police officer was a 14-year-old eighth-grader at the time of the actions leading to the charges. Court records show he did not have Langford as a teacher.
He is described by prosecutors as a popular, confident three-sport athlete whom. A Miamisburg Middle School coach called him “a bigger, more developed individual.”
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•The defendant. Langford is a University of Dayton graduate who student taught in Dayton Public Schools before landing a similar job with the Miamisburg City School District.
She received a full-time job and worked in Miamisburg for nearly nine years. In her final years with the district, she was elevated from teaching seventh-grade to eighth-grade because she “had done a good job,” MMS Principal Kelly Thomas said Tuesday.
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•The jury makeup. Eight men and four women were selected among more than 70 who showed up for court. The alternates include one man and one woman.
•The witnesses. Prosecutors called three Miamisburg Middle School staff members – a principal, a social studies teacher and a French teacher – on Tuesday. They testified for a combined two and half hours.
•What's next? The case resumes today and is scheduled for the remainder of the week. Prosecutors have a list of 34 possible witnesses and the defense 11. Five juveniles are on those lists.
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