Former Miamisburg Middle School teacher Jessica Langford was consoled by her husband when she broke down in tears in April 2018 after a jury found her guilty of having sex with a 14-year-old in her classroom. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Sex offender tag follows ex-teacher now free after teen sex conviction

A former Miamisburg teacher convicted last year of a having sex with a middle school student in her classroom is out of prison and required to register as a sex offender.

Jessica Langford, 33, was released Tuesday, completing a one-year sentence in the Ohio Reformatory for Women with no misconduct reports, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

The Centerville woman was convicted by a jury in April 2018 on three counts each of sexual battery and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

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The Montgomery County jury sided with prosecutors, who said Langford had sex a 14-year-old male in her Miamisburg Middle School classroom on the last day of school in May 2017.

The victim was among the students who testified against Langford at trial. He was on the stand for more than an hour and gave a detailed account in affirming the state’s case.

Langford’s conviction labeled her a Tier III sex offender, the “most serious” of Ohio’s classification regarding such crimes, according to the county prosecutor’s office.

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Commonly designated for rapists and sexual batterers, Tier III offenders are required to register their address and employment or school address with the sheriff in the county they reside every 90 days for the rest of their lives, according to Greg Flannagan, spokesman for the county prosecutor’s office.

Langford will also serve five years of probation, according to the sentence handed down by Judge Timothy O’Connell.

Her release followed a stay in which she received no conduct reports, disciplinary actions which document an inmate’s negative behavior, said Sara French, deputy communication chief for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

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Langford, a University of Dayton graduate who student taught in Dayton Public Schools before hired by Miamisburg, appealed her conviction but later dropped the challenge.

She also twice sought early release, court records show. In written requests to O’Connell in both August and December, Langford called herself as “a model prisoner” whose freedom would be a comfort to her young daughter and an ailing mother.

Prosecutors fought the plea, saying Langford’s “letter of apology” she read in court at sentencing was among numerous opportunities for her to to take responsibility for her conviction, court records show.

In the letter to the judge as part of her December request, Langford said — for the first time publicly — that she committed a crime.

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