The former Miamisburg teacher convicted last year of a having sex with a middle school student in her classroom remains in prison, now twice rejected for early release.
But as part of her latest attempt at freedom, Jessica Langford appeared to make a public admission of guilt the first time.
Her December early release request was recently overruled by Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Timothy O’Connell, who in June 2018 sentenced the Centerville woman to a year in the Ohio Reformatory for Women.
In a letter to the judge as part of her December request, the 33-year-old said for the first time that she committed a crime.
In previous communication to – and in appearing before – the court, she has talked of being “responsible for my actions,” taking “advantage” of her teaching position, and having “inappropriate” relationships with students. But she had stopped short of admitting to a crime.
“Not a day goes by that I am not deeply remorseful for my crime,” Langford writes in a four-page letter. “I have learned from my mistakes and promise they will never happen again.
“My mistake will forever be a part of my life. Registering as a sex offender is something I will have to face every day, impacting my life and my family’s life,” the letter states.
“Regardless of my prison term, there is no way I can outrun my crime; the registry will haunt me until I die. I have no one to blame but myself. I am ashamed of my behavior and my decisions.”
Both the August and December requests for Langford’s release refer to her as “a model prisoner” and the health of her mother – a cancer patient — as reasons to grant early release, court records show.
Last month’s motion includes of a letter from a physician, who stated her mother’s “survival may be as short as 3-6 months.” It also includes a letter from Langford’s mother, as well as about two dozen pages relating to the illness.
“My bond with my daughter has pulled me through many dark days,” the letter states. “I need her.”
In September and in his most recent ruling, O’Connell’s language was brief and identical.
“After considering the original pre-sentence investigation and the judicial release report made by the Criminal Justice Services, the court hearby OVERRULES the motion,” the decisions state.
The former Miamisburg Middle School teacher was convicted by a jury last April in connection with a May 2017 incident with a 14-year-old male.
The panel of eight men and four women found her guilty three counts of sexual battery and three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
At her sentencing, Langford read a “letter of apology” to the court, but has failed numerous times to take responsibility for her conviction, according to a motion filed by the prosecutor’s office in objecting to the December release request.
“Nowhere in her statement (to the court) did she acknowledge responsibility for her actions for which the jury convicted,” documents filed by the prosecutor’s office state.
“She merely gave a generalized statement only apologizing for developing a friendship with a student, using social media, inappropriately and exchanging communication with a student,” according to the prosecutor’s office filing.
Prosecutors argued Langford’s release “would significantly demean the seriousness of the offenses, and it would not adequately punish the defendant for her actions.”
Langford had worked in Miamisburg schools for several years after graduating from the University of Dayton and student teaching in Dayton Public Schools.
During the trial, jurors heard about 10 hours of testimony from prosecution witnesses over three days.
This included detailed testimony from the teen accuser, whose account lasted more than an hour. He told jurors of a sexual encounter with Langford that occurred in her locked classroom prior to school on May 23, 2017.
The defense offered no witnesses during the trial and defense attorney Lawrence Greger told jurors “reasonable doubt exists in this case.”
Langford resigned after being confronted with accusations about being alone with the 14-year-old, court records show, in a letter dated May 23.
Miami Twp. police began investigating the case, interviewing several teen students, records show.
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