An Ohio teacher who admitted she sexually assaulted a student who came to her for help with his grades has been released from prison early amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Madalyn Arnett, a former social studies teacher from Franklin High School, was ordered released from prison three years early this month, the Dayton Daily News reported Thursday. In December, Arnett’s attorneys had filed a motion for judicial release.
They argued Arnett was remorseful and had achieved high marks in prison working as a food service worker and program aide — apparently convincing the judge who had originally sentenced Arnett to four years in prison after she pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual battery.
Arnett has been released from the Ohio Reformatory for Women, according to jail records reviewed by Oxygen.com.
As part of the early release, the judge also ordered Arnett be placed on electronic monitoring until further order from probation. She is also ordered to complete sexual offender treatment and to have mental health assessments. In addition, she's forbidden from contact with minors with the exception of immediate family, the Daily News reported.
Prosecutors had opposed the motion, pointing to the fact that the victim was 16 at the time of the offense and Arnett's position of power over him as an educator.
According to prosecutors, the student had first approached Arnett at school asking what he could to do to improve his grades, and she initially declined to assist him.
However, Arnett later contacted the student on social media and began conversations that were “sexual in nature" — sending him nude images of herself and explicit videos.
On March 23, 2018, prosecutors say Arnett picked up the student near his home and drove to a nearby parking lot, where they engaged in sexual intercourse in her car. The incident was reported to school officials shortly afterward, the Dayton Daily News previously reported.
Arnett's attorneys argued she has shown remorse for the incident.
“Ms. Arnett is extremely remorseful for her actions and has shown a deeper level of understanding and compassion for all victims,” her attorneys said in their filing for early release.
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