A former Ohio high school science teacher begged for probation but instead received a 2-year sentence for having sex with a male student.
CINCINNATI -- As a teacher, Julie Hautzenroeder should have been a role model.
Instead, she's a social pariah who has stained all professions – especially teachers – by having sex with a 16-year-old student, a judge said Wednesday, sending her to prison for two years.
"She is in a position of authority and trust, which was violated," Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Norbert Nadel said. "Parents do not send their kids to school to engage in this type of behavior with the teachers."
Hautzenroeder, 37, of Loveland was a Colerain High science teacher for 10 years. That ended this year, though, when she admitted to exchanging inappropriate texts with a teen. But a police investigation revealed that she had one of her friends drive two 16-year-old Colerain sophomore boys to her home. The teens testified she gave them alcohol and marijuana and had sex with them.
A jury last month convicted Hautzenroeder of one count of sexual battery but ruled she was not guilty on the other. She faced a maximum prison sentence of five years.
"You were stupid and irresponsible," the judge told her.
Hautzenroeder, a single parent, agreed, but begged the judge not to send her to prison because it would hurt her 8-year-old daughter.
"I ask you, not for me but for my daughter who I have been the only parent to for her entire life, please please ... I can't stand her not to be able to have the Christmas she's relied on her entire life."
Nadel imposed the two-year prison sentence but allowed her to wait until Jan. 13 to start serving it.
Assistant Prosecutor Josh Berkowitz, who won the conviction, noted her daughter was in the next room when Hautzenroeder was having sex with the boy.
Berkowitz said he hopes Hautzenroeder never gets to teach again because of the lessons she taught students through her actions.
"She taught them smoking pot is OK," Berkowitz said. "She taught them underage drinking is OK. ... It's OK to lie to your parents.
"The message that she sent to the students at Colerain High School is if it feels good, do it, and if you get caught, lie, lie, lie."
Berkowitz said Hautzenroeder never accepted responsibility for having sex with a student 20 years younger than her.
"She is the only person responsible for this mess," he said. "This is all of her own making."
Hautzenroeder will also have to register every 90 days as a sex offender.
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