A judge handed down a one-year prison sentence this week for a former Miamisburg teacher convicted of having sex with a 14-year-old in her middle school classroom.
The punishment for Jessica Langford doled out by Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Timothy O’Connell came slightly more than a year after the conduct that a jury last month found the 32-year-old Centerville woman guilty of committing.
Here are key dates involving Langford and the Miamisburg City School District, according to records from the school district, police and court:
•Aug. 13, 2008 – Langford hired by the school district as sixth-grade teacher at Neff Elementary School after earlier serving as a student-teacher in the district.
•March 23, 2010 – Langford notified her name would appear on a Reduction in Force list going before the Miamisburg board of education.
•May 20, 2011 – Langford notified she would be offered a position to teach seventh-grade math at Miamisburg Middle School.
•Aug. 22, 2013 – Teacher approved for six weeks of maternity leave to start in November.
•Jan. 7, 2016 – Middle school Assistant Principal Eric Lenski meets with Langford to address concern of male students going to Langford’s classroom to eat lunch. Concern is reported by other staff members.
•February (undated) – Memo from middle school Principal Kelly Thomas outlines nine concerns about Langford’s interactions with middle school students. Concerns range from male students eating lunch in Langford’s classroom to the teacher sitting on a male students lap and allowing students make “inappropriate and sometimes sexual comments towards her.”
•Feb. 2 - After reports that male students were continuing to come to Mrs. Langford’s classroom for lunch, Lenski sends Langford an email directing her to immediately discontinue that practice, and Lenski issues a verbal warning for Langford.
•April 2017 – Middle school eighth-grade Principal Sommer Mastronardi speaks with Langford about appropriate boundaries with students. The conversation comes after the administrator said she witnessed a variety of non-curriculum activities occurring in Langford’s room, including the teacher playing basketball with several male students.
•Late May/early April – Miamisburg school Assistant Superintendent Steve Homan talks with Langford about transferring next year to an elementary school. Homan said the teacher does not embrace the plan and raises the issue of resigning from the district.
•May 23 – Langford is confronted with allegations about involvement with a 14-year-old student alone in her classroom with the door locked and the lights out prior the last day of school. Langford is placed on administrative leave and later resigns in a letter dated that day.
•May 25 – Criminal complaint filed against Langford with the Miami Twp. Police Department alleging Langford had sex in her classroom with a 14-year-old student. A series of police interviews with Miamisburg students begin. One student said he had sex with Langford. Others contend she gave them gifts and showed an erotic photo of the teacher and her husband having sex.
•May 27 – Police search Langford’s home. They seize five pairs of black thong underwear, a computer tower, an iPhone, a purple bra and a purple swimsuit top.
•June 28 – Police interviews with Miamisburg students end.
•Nov. 14 – Langford is indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury on three counts of sexual battery and three counts unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
•Nov. 21 – Langford pleads not guilty to all charges.
•April 10, 2018 – Langford’s trial begins.
•April 11 – The father of Langford’s teen accuser testifies his son told him the teen had oral sex and intercourse with Langford prior to school on May 23, 2017.
•April 12 – Langford’s teen accuser takes the stand for more than an hour of direct testimony and cross examination. He gives the jury a detailed account of what he said was a “20-to-30” minute sexual encounter with Langford in her locked classroom before school on May 23, 2017.
•April 13 – A jury of eight men and four women find Langford guilty of all six counts in the indictment. The jury’s decision comes after about six hours of deliberations, which began the prior afternoon.
•May 17 – Langford defense attorney Lawrence Greger files court documents seeking a minimum sentence for his client. Greger cites his clients status as a first-time offender in asking for “community control sanctions with electronic monitoring.”
•May 24 – County Assistant Prosecutor Michele Henne files documents seeking a “maximum period of incarceration” for Langford. Court records cite age of the victim, lack of remorse and lack of responsibility, noting “the egregious nature of this case screams for a particularly harsh sentence…”
•May 29 – Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Timothy O’Connell sentences Langford to one year in prison and five years of probation. She is labeled a Tier III sex offender, ordered to pay court costs and $632 to teen victim.
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