Amanda L. Cooney, 27-year-old former teacher reading teacher at Okaloosa Academy Charter School in Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa County, Florida, who was arrested in November 2011 and was accused of fleeing Florida with a teenage boy has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and designated a sexual offender.
In April 2012 Cooney pleaded no contest to multiple crimes including burglary, theft, fraud and forgery, and unlawful sex with a minor.
Okaloosa County Circuit Judge Michael Flowers sentenced Amanda Cooney on several charges, including unlawful sexual activity with a minor, grand theft, burglary and credit card fraud. After compliting her sentence in prison, Cooney will spend 10 years on sexual offender probation. She will have a curfew and be allowed no unsupervised contact with children. She also will be required to register her sexual offender status with authorities and not allowed within 1,000 feet of schools, playgrounds or convenience stores.
Last year Cooney left a short note of resignation on the desk of her classroom at Okaloosa Academy Charter School in Crestview before allegedly disappearing with a 16-year-old former student. According to authorities they blazed a trail of petty theft and credit card fraud all the way to Ohio. Three Florida law enforcement agencies coordinated charges on the warrants while police in Riverside, Ohio, arrested the two.
A Riverside police officer was suspicious of green Ford parked in an out-of-the-way location Friday. He scanned the plates and saw notes from Florida warning that they should be considered armed and dangerous. After calling for backup, police learned Cooney acquired the room under a false name. Cooney opened the door to officers, and the two were arrested without incident. Police recovered credit cards not belonging to either of them, drug paraphernalia and a stolen, 9mm semiautomatic pistol from under a pillow. It had a round in the chamber and 13 in the magazine.