Ex-Lakewood Teacher Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison For Sexually Abusing Student
A former teacher at Lakewood High School was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday, November 30 after she pleaded no contest to sexually abusing a former student who came forward years after the abuse.
Along with ordering the prison sentence, Long Beach Superior Court Judge Laura Laesecke also ordered 53-year-old Mary Jahn to register as a sex offender for life and to avoid the victim and all contact with her for 10 years.
Jahn was an English teacher at Lakewood High for 11 years before she was arrested in September 2017, months after a former student contacted police to report that she had a sexual relationship with Jahn for three years, beginning when she was just 15 years old.
Jahn was charged with four counts of sexual penetration by foreign object, three counts of lewd acts upon a child, and two counts of oral copulation of a person under 18. She was originally facing up to eight years and four months in prison. Jahn agreed to plead no contest to one count of a lew act with a child in exchange for prosecutors agreeing to drop the other charges.
Legal Rights of Teacher Sexual Assault Victims
Attorney contributor Brian Kent is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents survivors of sexual assault in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked him to add some insight into the legal options available to survivors of sexual abuse committed by teachers and other school staff members:
Our children spend most of their days at school, and we entrust the teachers and other staff with their care and education. While most teachers may be worthy of this trust, some are sexual predators who use their positions of authority and trust as a means to sexually abuse their students. When this happens, the victims deserve justice, which they can find in both criminal and civil courts.
The criminal justice system handles the investigation and prosecution of sexual predators. Additionally, the survivors of sexual assault and abuse often have grounds to file a lawsuit in civil court. In cases involving school employees, the school district can be held liable if their negligence contributed to the abuse – such as a failure to run a background check or report previous allegations of sexual misconduct.
If you or your child has been sexually abused by a school employee, you can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking to an experienced sexual abuse survivors attorney.