Parent Fears Teacher Won’t be Jailed for Sex Charges

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE, OHIO  - The mother of a teenage boy, who said her son was manipulated by his science teacher into having sex, fears the teacher will serve no jail time despite the fact the teacher pleaded guilty to two felony counts of sexual battery.

"I send my children to school to learn not to have sexual relationships with the teacher. That's the last place that I would think I would ever have to worry about something like this happening," said the North Ridgeville mother, who we are only identifying by her first name of Margie, in order to protect the identity of her son who is the victim of a sex crime.

The teacher, Constance Yacobozzi, 28, of Elyria, is slated to be sentenced for her crimes on Monday.

"She was targeting these young boys and she wanted to have a sexual relationship with one of them," Margie said.

Margie said prosecutors told her Yacobozzi would likely not serve any jail time.

"I'm just a little surprised she's kind of getting off with a slap on the wrist. You know community service and probation. I don't really understand it. She had sex with an underage student of hers," Margie said.

In November, Yacobozzi was placed on leave after she admitted to sending two pictures to one student of her in a bikini top, but at the time she denied having any sexual contact with the student, school officials said at the time.

"He's not the only one she was texting. The picture that they keep talking about wasn't even sent to my son it was sent to a whole another kid. So, I feel like she was preying on these kids," Margie said.

Yacobozzi was indicted on the sexual battery charges in March. Shortly thereafter, she resigned.

No one answered the door at an address listed for her.

Margie said her son is an honor roll student, who looked up to Yacobozzi as a teacher.

"She was pretty smooth, the way she approached things. She gained his confidence. She took him places, without my knowledge, she took him places, she went and had coffee with him, she befriended him. Just the whole thing, she knew what she was doing," Margie said.

She said both she and her now 17-year-old son are in counseling.

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