Constance Yacobozzi, 29-year-old former teacher at North Ridgeville High School in Elyria, Ohio, has been sentenced to three years probation. She was also ordered to complete 100 hours of community service and to register as a sex offender.
Yacobozzi was arrested in March 2012 after she was accused of sexual battery of a 17-year-old male student and was indicted by a Lorain County grand jury. Yacobozzi was placed on leave from her teaching job in November 2011 while police and North Ridgeville Schools officials investigated her involvement with students. The investigation was launched after another teacher heard rumors about a fellow teacher sending inappropriate images to a student. During an interview with police, Yacobozzi acknowledged sending two photos of herself, including one of herself in a bikini, to a different student and engaging in “inappropriate and flirtatious” conversations, mostly via text messages, with at least one student last year.
In June 2012 Yacobozzi pleaded guilty to engaging in sex with a male student and Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski said to press that he told Yacobozzi that she will likely receive probation when she is sentenced later this year. That is contingent on a report on her past coming back without any prior criminal convictions, the judge said.
In August 2012 Betleski imposed the sentence after hearing from Yacobozzi’s defense attorney, Richard Lillie, of Cleveland, who urged the court for probation. Assistant Prosecutor Chris Pierre urged the judge to impose prison time, and the victim’s mother also argued for a more harsh sentence than probation.
“I sent my son to school to learn, not to have sexual relations with a teacher,” the mother of the victim said. She went on to say her son looked up to Yacobozzi and was manipulated into having a sexual relationship with her. The mother said the student who received the inappropriate pictures wasn’t her son. “This tells me she was targeting other young boys too, not just my son,” she said.
The judge imposed numerous conditions, including that Yacobozzi maintain employment and have no association with the victim. She also must pay restitution for uninsured counseling expenses for the victim and his family.