Ohio girl, 17, says she's 'completely in love' with female teacher, 27, facing prison for engaging in sex acts with her

The female student was 17 years old when she engaged in sexual acts last summer with 27-year-old Jennifer Walsh, a former teacher at Sycamore High School in Cincinnati


                            Ohio girl, 17, says she's 'completely in love' with female teacher, 27, facing prison for engaging in sex acts with her

A teenager from Ohio has said she's "completely in love" with a former special education teacher who is currently facing prison time for sex acts with her. According to her, she was never forced or pressured into getting intimate with her.

Law enforcement in Montgomery said the female student was 17 years old when she engaged in sexual acts last summer with 27-year-old Jennifer Walsh, a former teacher at Sycamore High School in Cincinnati. The student, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has now told a judge she never “felt forced or coerced” into the sexual relationship they shared, the New York Post reports.

The female student was 17 years old when she engaged in sexual acts last summer with 27-year-old Jennifer Walsh, a former teacher at Sycamore High School in Cincinnati. (Google Maps)

“I know in my heart that I am completely in love with this woman, without a doubt,” she told Hamilton County Judge Jody Luebbers, saying their romance was “willing, on both ends.”

Police got an anonymous tip about Walsh before she resigned from her job in October. “Thank you for the opportunity to work for such a great education institution,” she wrote in her resignation letter.

The school district’s superintendent wrote a letter to parents following Walsh's resignation, informing them that the alleged encounters did not occur on school grounds.

“We find the reported allegations to be shocking, upsetting and take them very seriously,” Superintendent Frank Forsthoefel said. “We are committed to fully working with the Montgomery Police Department in their investigation and to take appropriate action to ensure a safe and supportive learning environment for all students.”

In court, the former teacher became emotional and broke in tears as the student testified Wednesday, according to the paper.

In the meantime, the lead investigator in the case also urged Luebbers for leniency, saying the mutual affection between Walsh and the student was genuine and that the circumstances surrounding their relationship were unique.

“This relationship, I believe, was actually real,” Montgomery police Detective Steve Hoy told the judge. “It will probably continue to be real.”

In June this year, Walsh pleaded guilty to sexual imposition and now faces up to 18 months in jail.

But, after the testimonies from the teen, the lead detective, and Walsh's mother on Wednesday, Luebbers said she wasn't ready to hand down a sentence.

She delayed Walsh's sentencing until Friday. 

“I just need … more time,” she said, without elaborating on her decision.

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