Jessica Storer pleaded guilty last month to sexual battery

By Chris Harris
May 17, 2017 04:40 PM
Credit: Courtesy The Lima News

A former Ohio substitute teacher was sentenced to two years in prison after admitting Monday she had sex with an 18-year-old student after he drank alcohol in her home.

Judge Randall Basinger questioned Jessica Storer, a 29-year-old married mother-of-two, on Monday before handing down her sentence. Storer told the court she only had sex with the student once and insisted he had helped himself to alcohol already at her home, Lily Shun from the Putnam County Prosecutor’s tells PEOPLE.

Storer will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life, according to Shun.

Storer pleaded guilty last month to sexual battery. While the age of consent is 16 in Ohio, prosecutors say criminal charges were brought against her because “she was in that position of trust and the young adult was a student at her school.”

Storer, formerly a substitute teacher through the Putnam County Educational Service Center, had sex with the student last November. She had invited him to her home to discuss a difficult breakup he was going through, according to prosecutors.

Storer was arrested in late December following a brief investigation launched after a tip to police. Investigators spoke with the victim who told them he had sex with Storer. The following day, she, too, admitted to the sex.

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“I accept full responsibility for him drinking and for not saying no,” Storer said. “I do feel it was consensual. It was not forced. That’s where I came in saying this should be between my husband and I, my priest and God.”

Storer admitted she should not have allowed the teen to consume alcohol, prosecutors tell PEOPLE.

In a statement read in court, the victim’s father said his son attempted suicide twice since the sexual encounter. A statement from the teen was also read before the sentencing.

“Jessica Storer has really made the last six months a living hell for me,” the statement said. “I hated it and I hated myself for doing it.”

Storer can appeal her sentence but her lawyer could not be reached Wednesday.