Angela Comer Changes Plea

A day before her trial was set to begin, Angela Comer changes her plea in court.

The former South Central Kentucky teacher is going to jail for ten years for being accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old and running of to Mexico with the minor. She appeared in court and pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

After the hearing, Comer spoke to the media for the very first time. She said she was going to take responsibility for her actions and apologized for them.

During the hearing, the Commonwealth Attorney for Monroe County said an agreement was offered because it was in the best interest of the minor.

Comer was originally charged with two counts of sodomy, four counts of unlawful transaction with a minor and custodial interference.

Under the plea agreement, the counts of unlawful transaction with a minor and one count of sodomy were dismissed.

Now the members of both families are hoping this agreement will bring an end to their difficult ordeal.

"I'm very, very glad it's over. Now I can have closure and go on with my life," Comer said.

"I'm just glad to get it over. It's been a year and six months and that's way too long for a family to have to think about it - suffer over it," said Betty Carter-York, the victim's grandmother.

On the eve of her trial, Comer decided to take a plea agreement.

"Putting the child himself through the agony of the trial - putting my family and myself through that - I feel it was the best thing and that's why I changed my mind," Comer said.

The plea agreement reduced her charges to one count of sodomy and one count of custodial interference.

She'll serve the maximum sentence of five years for each count, that's a total of ten years to run consecutively.

"I just want to apologize to the community for everything that occurred and especially to his family for what happened. I'm very, very sorry," Comer said.

Both the victim's grandmother and Comer say they're not sure if they agree the sentence is fair, but for very different reasons.

"That was the lowest I would agree to, I did ask for that," Carter-York said.

"Not particularly, but I've owned up to what I've done. I'm very sorry. I've disappointed myself more than anyone else," Comer said.

Now both women, on different sides of the case, say they'll work to move forward with their lives.

"I wanted it to be over. I need closure to this, so I can move on," Comer said.

"I hope no one has to go through this. It's torn our whole family to the point I don't know if we'll ever recover," Carter-York said.

The final sentencing for Comer is scheduled for June 20, 2007. Comer said, under the agreement, she'll have to complete a sex offender treatment program.

The teen involved in this case is currently in the care of social services.

To view interviews with the victim's grandmother, as well as Comer, click on the video links below.

Betty Carter-York Interview

Angela Comer Interview

WBKO's past stories on Angela Comer's case

  • Teen missing with former teacher
  • Missing teacher and teen were in a sexual relationship
  • Teacher and teen were located in Mexico
  • Question remain why teacher wasn't arrested sooner
  • Former teacher in court for misdemeanor and felony charges
  • Comer indicted by jury
  • Comer's attorney wants bond reduced
  • Comer bond hearing
  • Comer: no bond reduction
  • Comer in court
  • Comer back in court
  • Comer competency hearing
  • Comer's request for change of venue denied

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