Former teacher sentenced in Jefferson, Oldham counties for sex abuse

Jessica Boyers was sentenced to 10 years Friday in Jefferson County that will run concurrent with her 12 year sentence from Oldham County.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- One day after receiving her prison sentence from an Oldham County judge, former JCPS teacher Jessica Boyers learned her fate in a Jefferson County courtroom for having sex with a 13-year-old student.

Boyers will serve 12 years behind bars.

She was sentenced to 10 years Friday in Jefferson County that will run concurrent with her 12 year sentence from Oldham County. She must also register as a sex offender and undergo sex offender treatment.

The victim's father was in the courtroom as Boyers learned her fate and it was an emotional moment for all parties involved.

Boyers also worked at Highland Middle School faced charges in both counties after having inappropriate sexual relations with the student.

As she said goodbye to her loved ones, the victim's father and attorneys said goodbye to a case that has taken an emotional toll on the family.

"It's been a difficult thing, the fact is you had a 13-year-old boy who was taken advantage of by a teacher at school, that's about the biggest breach of trust one can have," the victim's attorney James Nicholson said.

"I can't get innocence back for this little boy and now Ms. Boyers is in prison, where she should be, by law," prosecutor Christie Foster said.

Attorneys said the young teen has been getting therapy to help with some of the psychological damage and Boyers has been in sex offender treatment working on understanding the motives behind her actions.

"Trying to understand the psychology behind these things is hard, basically you slip, and slip and slip until you do," Keith Kamenish, Boyers' attorney, said.

Boyers is convicted of one count of rape in the second degree, one count of sodomy in the second degree and two counts of sexual abuse of someone under the age of 14 in the first degree.

The victim's father also filed a lawsuit against Jefferson County Public Schools.

His attorney tells WHAS they believe the school should have picked up on certain signs that something was going on between Boyers and the boy. He also doesn't believe the district properly trains its staff in this area.

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