CLEVELAND, Ohio-- It was judgment day for a once-respected Euclid High School guidance counselor, who admitted that she had a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student.
Ronetta Smith, 36, apologized for the crimes that cost her dearly-- her job, her reputation, and her freedom. "Looking back on it, I don't necessarily know if sorry is a strong enough word or term. I was negligent; I didn't do what I was supposed to do," she said.
Investigators said Smith began a relationship with the student in December 2015. She was suspended and later resigned after a school administrator alerted Euclid police about the allegations.
In August, Smith pleaded guilty to charges of sexual battery and attempted tampering with evidence.
Before she was sentenced, a letter written by the mother of the 18-year-old student was read by an assistant prosecutor.
"My son will never be the same because of what you did to him; once everyone at the school found out, he was too ashamed and afraid to be at school. That cost him not to graduate. He trusted you and you betrayed him. I felt that my child would be safe at school. You not only betrayed my son, you betrayed me and the other students and teachers at the school."
Smith was sentenced to serve one year in prison. When she gets out, she must register as a sex offender.