An Ohio high school teacher is being accused of having sex with her 17-year-old student in a classroom pantry after she said she developed a "very strong connection" with him and believed he "looked and acted like" her husband.
Laura Bucy, 32, has been arrested and charged with sexual battery and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles in connection with the incident.
According to a police report obtained by Oxygen.com, Bucy confided to her ex-father-in-law about the relationship after she unexpectedly showed up at his farm early in August and told him she needed to confess her sins. She was "crying" and "asked him for forgiveness" before telling him she'd slept with a student and made other "incoherent statements." After the alleged admission, she drove away in her car, police said.
Her ex-husband, who was reportedly engaged in a full custody dispute with Bucy, contacted police to report the allegation on Sept. 6.
Police later spoke with Bucy herself who allegedly admitted to having a sexual relationship with one of her students during the last school year while she was working at Twinsburg High School as a home economics teacher, police said. According to the report, she told police she had had sex with the student in a classroom pantry near her desk in February or March.
The student involved also confirmed the encounter, but said it had occurred sometime before the Christmas break, the report said.
Bucy said she had met the student at the start of the school year during a time when she was "very overwhelmed with having three kids to care for, working and attending college." According to the police report, the two developed "a very strong connection" when the student would come to her classroom to help her clean.
Bucy allegedly told police the teen "looked and acted like" her husband, the report states. Christopher J. Noga, chief of police for the Twinsburg Police Department, told Oxygen.com he thought Bucy was referring to her current husband at the time and not her ex-husband.
Bucy and the teen both told police they only had one sexual encounter together; however, they did send each other "compromising" pictures and videos through Snapchat prior to the day they had sex.
The teen, whose name is being withheld, allegedly told police Bucy sent him around 10 messages and he sent her about five in return. He said he never told anybody about the sexual relationship because he "did not want to get Mrs. Bucy in trouble," according to the report.
Police said Bucy also bought the teen juice for his vaping and let him and a friend inhale in her office.
She also reportedly bought $10 worth of pot from another student, but she said she didn't allow any of the students to do drugs in her office, the report said.
Bucy told police, according to the report, that there was "only one other student" whom she had ever sent compromising photographs and videos to; however, the details of that incident are heavily redacted in the report.
Bucy had worked at Twinsburg High School for one year. Prior to the start of this school year, she showed up for the teacher orientation but left after only half a day and has been on leave ever since, in accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act, the report stated.
Officers interviewed her about her involvement with the student on Sept. 11, and although she admitted to the relationship she also told officers she had a planned two-week stay at "secured facility." Officers told her to contact them when she had completed her stay, but the following day police were contacted by the suspect's mother who told them her daughter had walked out of the facility and her whereabouts were unknown.
It was later determined she flew to Arizona to visit her father. She arrived at the police station with both of her parents on Sept. 22 to turn herself into police.
According to Cleveland.com, she has pleaded not guilty to the charges she's facing and has been released after making a $50,000 bail.
[Photo: Summit County Sheriff's Office]
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