PICKAWAY COUNTY, Ohio — A former school teacher is heading to prison for sexually abusing a student.
A Pickaway County judge on Wednesday sentenced Daniel Jones, a former teacher at Logan Elm Schools in Circleville, to four years in prison.
Jones pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual battery against a student.
"I'd like to apologize, obviously to the victim, for the hardship, the pain, the grief, all the things I know she has to be going through at this time, and has been going through, and will continue to go through," Jones said.
"To people who say well, the student somehow consented is asinine," said Judge Randall Knece. "There's no consent to this. The violation is the relationship — teacher to student. The student cannot consent legally."
The victim, who 10TV is not identifying, wept as she faced Jones and read a statement in court.
She said, in part: "You made a fool of me. You took advantage of my weaknesses and used them. I have been bullied and trashed and judged and ridiculed in my hometown for something that was done to me by someone I trusted and thought cared about me. The truth was you never cared about me. You only cared about yourself. And I refuse to put any more effort into trying to understand what happened. I can't change or go back or get back the last two years of my life, but I refuse to keep re-living this over and over again. I know now that I'm not weak, and I am worthy of love and happiness. I will not let this define me."
The Ohio Department of Education has revoked Jones' teaching license.
He will also have to register as a sex offender for life.