Daily Mail reports:
A married former Wisconsin high school teacher sobbed in court after she was sentenced to two years in prison for having sex with a male student.
Sara Domres, 29, cried and hung her head as she was led away in handcuffs following Wednesday’s sentencing.
The former New Berlin West High School teacher pleaded guilty in August to sexual assault after she was accused of repeatedly sleeping with one of her teen students, including once at a motel on the night of her husband’s bachelor party.
As part of her sentence, Domres will have three years of probation after serving two years in prison and must register as a sex offender,The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Domres, who has no prior criminal record, also must not have contact with the victim or his family or with a school besides those she may attend.
Waukesha County Circuit Judge Lee Dreyfus told Domres during sentencing that her crime ‘went well beyond a mistake in judgement’ or a single moment of weakness.
Domres told the judge that because she is now barred from the teaching profession, and because of extensive media coverage, the consequences of her actions had been increased tenfold.
She nor her sister, father or mother-in-law, who spoke on her behalf in court, said what started her relationship with the teen boy.
The victim’s family did not appear in court or submit any impact statement, according to the Journal Sentinel.
Back in April, Domres was criminally charged but pleaded not guilty then, claiming she had only hugged the male student when they met outside school.
But court documents said she began a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student at the high school in the 2014/2015 school year.
The student, who has not been identified, told police that he had sex with her between 10 and 15 times.
According to a criminal complaint, they had sex at the Park and Ride parking lot on Moorland Road in New Berlin, Wisconsin, in July last year and also at the Motel 6 off Bluemound Road in Brookfield on the night of Domres’ husband’s bachelor party.
Police were able to confirm that the boy’s phone had connected to the WiFi at the motel and that Domres paid for the room in cash.
Afterwards, the boy told police that she had sent him selfies while on her honeymoon.
The criminal complaint said that the boy was in Domres’ English class and began to send texts to each other frequently after they ‘became friends.’
On one occasion, Domres’ husband caught the two of them together in the parking lot of the New Berlin Ale House which led to a verbal confrontation.
But it was one of the victim’s concerned friends who reported the relationship to authorities and police began to investigate in January this year.
School officials learned of the allegations on January 15, according to Fox, and placed Domres on administrative leave.
She was later fired after an internal investigation by the school district.
It is believed that the relationship had been going on since May last year and that the teenager was a virgin before he started having sex with his teacher.
Over the course of their investigation, police uncovered more than 1,000 text messages sent between Domres and the student, who she called ‘baby boo’.
‘Baby Boo, I love you now & forever! Please be mine forever & ever. Always, your baby girl. P.S. Good luck on your quiz [smiley face],’ one of the messages read.
‘Hopefully you’ve been thinking of me Baby Boo. I should go because he will be home soon. I love you. Be good, think of me and no one else! Ha ha,’ another text from Domres said.
In another conversation, Domres asked the boy if she should marry her now-husband.
‘You’re extremely attractive to me!!! I can’t wait for our night we are doing it no matter what!!!’ she said.
The two also exchanged physical letters, which the boy kept.
One note, exchanged in class, included the following messages: ‘We will have to plan something soon. I want a night again. Xoxo.’
‘Yes! Definitely soon. I really want another night with you too baby boo!’
‘I want to do you (smiley face symbol) NOW!!’
The messages show that Domres was afraid of the consequences if their illicit relationship would be revealed.
After police confiscated her phone, they found that she had made a Google search for ‘what’s the prison sentence for a teacher sleeping with a student.’
And in a one message to the student, she asked him to stay quiet even if they did break up.
‘I love you, too, baby and will forever. I’m just saying that if you ever don’t, please still love me enough as a person to know how much that’d hurt me,’ she said.
‘You are amazing and mean the world to me. I want to be yours forever.’
It is unclear whether the two continued their relationship even after Domres got married her husband, her high school sweetheart in August 2015.
But investigators said she did send the boy selfies on her honeymoon.
Her husband stayed by her side after her arrest and appeared in court when she maintained her innocence in April.
However, it was not immediately clear if they remain together after her guilty plea and sentencing.