A former Pennsylvania high school teacher was sentenced to up to 23 months in prison for having sex with two of her students.
Lauren Harrington-Cooper, 32, admitted to having sex with an 18 year-old and performing oral sex to a 17 year-old student of hers. She also confessed to showing her breasts to a third student and engaging in sexually charged conversations with a fourth.
Harrington-Cooper allegedly seduced one of her victims by purring, “all the candy you need is right here,” to him as they sat in her classroom. She was a married high school English teacher until she was arrested last December for sex with the 18 year-old. Only then did all her other offenses come to light.
Her defense attorney, Joe D’Andrea, said that Harrington-Cooper suffers from an acute lack of self confidence.
“She has been diagnosed with some significant psychological issues of inadequacy,” D’Andrea said. “You would think that she’s a pretty, young girl, that she would feel good about herself. But her self-esteem issues have really troubled her all of her life, and she found comfort and solace in some people giving her attention, as wrong as it was.”
The court, however, wasn’t buying this defense. Because she pled guilty, Harrington-Cooper will only serve between 9 and 23 months in jail. She will also be forced to register as a sex offender for the next 25 years, and will never be permitted to teach again.
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