Teacher Gets Probation After Sexual Relationship With Student

SKOKIE, Ill. (STMW) – A former Maine East High School teacher who admitted having an eight-month sexual relationship with a former student was sentenced to 30 months probation Thursday after pleading guilty to aggravated battery.

Jennifer Espinosa, 38, of Park Ridge, was being held on a $50,000 bond after her arrest on May 23, 2009. Espinosa, a married mother of two girls and former Maine East soccer coach, told police she loves the boy, a gang member who was expelled from the school in September 2008, investigators said.

Espinosa was initially charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, authorities said.

On Thursday, Judge Larry Axelrood sentenced Espinosa to 30 months probation after she pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Andy Conklin said.

Judge Axelrood also ordered Espinosa to surrender her teacher’s license, Conklin said.

Police pulled over Espinosa’s SUV on May 23, 2009, in Des Plaines after smelling a strong odor of marijuana coming from the Honda Pilot’s open windows.

Police recognized the 16-year-old boy and another man in the car, Alejandro Landi, 22, of Niles, as gang members. Police searched the car and found a bag of suspected marijuana.

Landi was charged with misdemeanor drug possession. Details of Espinosa’s relationship with the boy emerged during questioning at sheriff’s police headquarters.

Espinosa, a science and special ed teacher, told police she had been the boy’s teacher and mentor, and their relationship began after he was expelled. Police said she told them she had sex with the boy many times in her Park Ridge home and in her car near the school.

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  • Just the Average Joe

    If this had been a man having sex with the student he would be going to jail. This teacher has thrown away her career, most likely her marriage, probably custody of her children, and embarrassed herself for a teenage gang member. Good luck with your new life.

    • gabe

      Look avg joe i understand but their some ethical forms of double standards that must be held on and this is one . Think about it what if you had gone to what was back then an All Boys School because I don’t think they still have them now. Have you seen the “eye candy in their” c’mon cut this little dude some slack .. And yes guys we can’t do the same thing ok so we lose on this one but its a fair trade off . Think about too the conversation with his dad huh . Great bonding time . Fellas there’s a lot of benefits here that we’re not seeing but they are there .

  • Mel Cragwell

    and Joe, had he been a black man…well, you probably know the answer to that too…but yeah, this is a classic double standard in any case…women always get a slap on the wrist in this kind of crime…while the man is vilified, condemned and then put away….and he has to register as a sex offender for life.

  • nicole johnson

    Did we forget about Mary Kay Letourneau?

    Mary Kay Letourneau was a 34 year old teacher who met her victim, Vili Fualaau, when he was still in second grade. She began an affair with Fualaau when he was a 13 year old sixth grader. She was later arrested for rape of a minor when her husband discovered the affair.

    Letourneau pled guilty and had to register in a three-year sex offender program. She was found guilty on two counts of second-degree child rape and was handed a seven year jail sentence. However she was found in a car with Fualaau and was sent back to prison. When released from jail after serving her sentence, Letourneau married Fualaau who was also, at the father of her children, both of which were born in prison.

  • nicole johnson

    http://www.carbonated.tv/blogs/10+Most+Infamous….look at howm any more out here and these are just the top 10 teachers

  • David

    A teacher/bowling coach at South Christian High School in Grand Rapids Michigan was just sentenced to 8-40 years in prison when he pleeded guilty to having sex with a 15 year old student at the school who was on his bowling team. http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/news/local/kent_county/Teacher-gets-8-40-for-sex-with-student

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