Randi Zurenko, 34, of Pennsylvania, begged a judge this week to give her a light sentence for the sake of her own two young children, even though Zurenko was caught sexually abusing two female students, hundreds of times.
Zurenko only got 23 months in a public detention facility, much to the outrage of the community.
She had been charged with more than 200 child sex offenses during her time as a teacher at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg.
The Daily Mail reports:
Police said Zurenko sexually abused her two victims, aged 16 and 17, hundreds of times between 2013 and 2016.
She pleaded guilty to multiple charges of institutional sexual assault, unlawful contact with minors, corruption of minors, possessing child pornography and disseminating obscene materials to minors.
Her lawyer, Lee Cohen, had asked for Judge Richard A. Lewis on Thursday to sentence Zurenko to house arrest for her young children and claimed she was ‘truly in love with her victims,’ Penn Live reports.
‘I am ashamed to be here,’ Zurenko told the judge. ‘I have never coerced anyone. I have never taken advantage of anyone.
‘I’m asking you today for grace and mercy and to take my children into consideration when you determine my sentence.’
The victims told the judge that Zurenko had emotionally manipulated them.
Zurenko admitted to taking nude photographs of the girls, which was a child pornography charge. She also gave the girls alcohol when they came to her place.