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Former Ohio school superintendent was sentenced to 10 years for sexually assaulting two students

Pregnant school superintendent, 35, gets 10 years in prison for having sex with two 16-year-old students and blames her actions on her ‘mental health issues’

  • Laura Amero, former superintendent for the Windham school district, claimed that mental health issues made her commit the acts against the students 
  • The 35-year-old is currently pregnant and due to give birth in March
  • A judge ordered Amero to report to prison on April 1 but would extend the time so that the baby is not born in prison
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A former Ohio superintendent has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting two of her former students while she was a school principal. 

Laura Amero, former superintendent for the Windham school district, claimed that mental health issues made her commit the acts against the students. 

‘I am so sorry, and I am so sorry from the bottom of my heart to the kids,’ said the Austintown resident as she read her apology letter to Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman. 

But Pittman had a hard time taking the mental health excuse from the former educator. 

 

Laura Amero, former superintendent for the Windham school district, claimed that mental health issues made her commit the acts against the students.

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‘I can’t understand how this keeps happening with teachers, principals, superintendents,’ Pittman said, according to the Record-Courier. ‘You know you’re going to get caught.’ 

Pittman comments was directed at the string of educators getting convicted for having sexual relations with their students. 

The 35-year-old is currently pregnant and due to give birth in March. Pittman ordered Amero to report to prison on April 1 but would extend the time so that the baby is not born in prison. 

Both victims – boys who were 16 at the time – did not make statements during the hearing but instead submitted written statements in the courts.

The 35-year-old is currently pregnant and due to give birth in March. A judge ordered Amero to report to prison on April 1 but would extend the time so that the baby is not born in prison

The 35-year-old is currently pregnant and due to give birth in March. A judge ordered Amero to report to prison on April 1 but would extend the time so that the baby is not born in prison

WOIO reports that the assaults happened between February 2017 and June 2017. However, Amero is said to have attempted assaults in September 2015, May 2016, September 2016 and May 2017. 

Amero is said to have committed the assaults between February 2017 and June 2017

Amero is said to have committed the assaults between February 2017 and June 2017

Amero resigned from her position as superintendent in June 2019 after she was arrested in April. She started in the position on February 1 of that year. 

She pleaded guilty in November 2019 to two counts of sexual battery and sexual imposition. 

Pittman sentenced Amero to two five years stints to run consecutively for the sexual battery charges. She was sentenced to six months for the sexual imposition charge and that will run concurrently with the other charges. 

Amero’s sentence is the maximum one given to Ohio. 

The former educator will have to pay $500 fine and will also have to register as a Tier III sex offender. 

Following her release, Amero will have to check in at her local county’s sheriff’s office every 90 days for the rest of her life.   

Amero's sentence is the maximum one given to Ohio. Amero's husband and family will have to raise her child while she is behind bars

Amero’s sentence is the maximum one given to Ohio. Amero’s husband and family will have to raise her child while she is behind bars

Amero taught English in Mahoning County and was a curriculum supervisor for Mahoning County Educational Services prior to joining the Windham district in 2015 as a principal.

Her lawyer, Joseph Gorman, claimed that Amero should have been placed on community control sanctions as she had been forthcoming when speaking with authorities. 

Gorman also claimed that Amero sought counseling and was receiving mental health treatment. 

He said that Amero plans to appeal her sentence.  

Connie Lewandowski, prosecuting attorney in the case, said Amero operated ‘from deceit’ to get to where she was. 

‘When you think of a school you think of a safe place for children,’ Lewandowski said. 

Her lawyer, Joseph Gorman, claimed that Amero should have been placed on community control sanctions as she had been forthcoming when speaking with authorities

Her lawyer, Joseph Gorman, claimed that Amero should have been placed on community control sanctions as she had been forthcoming when speaking with authorities



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