Lakeland, Florida prosecutors let it be known that they had zero tolerance for the actions of Jennifer Fichter, the teacher sentenced to 22 years for not only admitting to sleeping with several of her students, but getting pregnant and having an abortion during her predatory run.
A tearful Fichter apologized to all the victims right before the 4th of July holiday when she learned her fate in the courtroom.
Despite the remorse, prosecutors cited that the double standard wouldn’t fly in this instance.
“If a man came in here today, your honor, and told you that he continually had sex with his teenage female students over a period of years, because it made him feel good about himself, he would be buried under the jail,” the prosecutor told the thirty-three witnesses on hand.
Fichter had ongoing relationships with three minor boys dating back all the way to 2008. WTSP has the timeline.
November 2008: Allegations in Orange County of inappropriate contact with an 8th grader.
December 2008: Fichter resigns from Orange County Public Schools.
August 2011: She’s hired by Polk County Public Schools.
September 2011: Deputies say Fichter had sex with a 17-year-old student from Central Florida Aerospace Academy.
August 2012: Allegations of inappropriate Facebook contact with another 17-year-old student. Polk County Sheriff’s Office investigates, but no charges are filed.
January to April 2014: Lakeland police say Fichter was having sex with another 17-year-old student from Central Florida Aerospace Academy.
April 14, 2014: Fichter is arrested and charged with 6 counts.
April 24, 2014: Lakeland Police interview two more potential victims
April 25, 2014: Fichter’s bond is raised by $300,000 on new charges
The drama isn’t over for Fichter just yet. She still faces charges for getting loose with the boys in the nearby Hillsborough County.
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