Former Teacher Faces Prison Time

By: Courtney Lassiter Email
By: Courtney Lassiter Email

The woman accused of having a sexual relationship with a juvenile faces ten years in prison .

On July 18, 2007, in Monroe Circuit Court, Judge Eddie Lovelace sentenced Angela Comer on two charges. In May, Comer pleaded guilty to one count of sodomy in the third-degree and one charge of custodial interference, as part of a plea agreement.

Lovelace sentenced Comer to ten years in prison, five for each charge, to be served consecutively. Comer's lawyer, Johnny Bell, asked Judge Lovelace to consider an alternative punishment or probation.

Bell explained that Comer doesn't have a criminal history, except two speeding tickets. Lovelace told the court room he was "appalled" at her behavior and considering any other punishment other than time served would minimize the seriousness of her crime.

"She has shown remorse to me. She has been sympathetic with what's going on," Bell explained to Judge Lovelace.

Lovelace was quick to deny Bell's plea for an alternative punishment.

Grandmother of the juvenile, Betty York, said 10-years simply isn't enough.

"I think she should've been put away so she wouldn't have the opportunity to ruin someone else's life," York stated.

York considers Angela Comer a sexual predator and says her grandson may have the scars of a sexually abused child for the rest of his life.

"How can you ever make up for that? No amount of time in prison can make up for that," York said.

"The sentence that she got, I'm hoping there is a minute possibility in six-months parole and do sex offender classes outside the prison system," Bell said.

Bell's plea for Comer outrages York who said Comer is very capable of repeating the same crime, although Bell disagrees.

"The possibility of her repeating this offense would be very minimal," Bell explained.

Betty York is going to make sure it doesn't happen again, as she promises to be at any and all probation hearings.

Judge Lovelace said Comer will get credit for time served. So the year and a half she's already served in jail will be credited to her ten-year prison sentence.

There are only two prisons in Ky. that offer sexual treatment programs. She is up for parole in 24-months.

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