Teacher gets three days in jail for sex with student
Posted by James F. McCarty June 12, 2007 15:52PM
Categories: Breaking News, Crime
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Christine Scarlett and her lawyer John SpellacyChristine Scarlett,
the former substitute teacher who seduced the captain of the
Strongsville High School football team, was led out of court in
Judge Dick Ambrose ordered Scarlett to spend the next three days in
the Cuyahoga County Jail, but spared her from prison time. The stint
behind bars will be followed by 180 days of house arrest and five
years' probation for the sexual battery of her former student, Steven
Bradigan, who was 17 in 2002. Scarlett, 40, the married mother of
three, gave birth to Bradigan's son in 2003.
"From the bottom of my heart, I am extremely sorry for hurting you
and your family," Scarlett said, addressing the victim in Common
Pleas Court. "I will always have to live with what I did, knowing it
was the wrong thing."
Christine Scarlett and Steven Bradigan a few years agoSteven Bradigan
told the judge that Scarlett tricked him into having an affair to
become pregnant. His words caused her to break into tears.
"You were not interested in what was good for me," he said. "I feel
like I was used and I was a stupid jerk for not realizing it then."
Bradigan's father, Lawrence, said afterward that Scarlett got off too
easily and that justice was not served because Strongsville schools
officials were not "held accountable."
The 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals ruled last week that the
Bradigans' lawsuit against the school district was filed too late and
that Judge John Russo was correct to dismiss it.
"We didn't want vengeance, all we wanted was what was right,"
Lawrence Bradigan said. "They need to protect all of the school
children, the girls and the boys."