A former Miamisburg teacher is dropping her appeal of a jury’s conviction that she had sex in her classroom with an eighth-grader.
The attorney for Jessica Langford has filed “her voluntary dismissal” of the appeal submitted in June, just weeks after she was sentenced to a year to the Ohio Reformatory for Women, court records show.
The 32-year-old Centerville woman was found guilty April 13 by a jury of eight men and four women in connection with a 2017 incident with a 14-year-old male in her Miamisburg Middle School classroom.
The appeal dismissal was filed Aug. 9, according to court records.
Attorney Lawrence Greger filed the appeal notice with the Second Appellate Division of Ohio following Langford’s conviction on three counts of sexual battery and three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
Jurors heard about 10 hours of testimony from prosecution witnesses during three days, including detailed testimony of the teen accuser, whose account lasted more than an hour. He told jurors of a sexual encounter with Langford that occurred in her locked classroom prior to school on May 23, 2017.
The defense offered no witnesses during the trial and Greger told jurors “reasonable doubt exists in this case.”
Langford resigned after being confronted with accusations about being alone with the 14-year-old, court records show, in a letter dated May 23.
Miami Twp. police began investigating the case, interviewing several teen students, records show. Langford was indicted in mid-November of last year and pleaded not guilty to all charges.
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