Jennifer Fichter, a 30-year-old former Florida teacher who pleaded guilty to having sex with teenage students was sentenced Thursday to 22 years in prison.
Jennifer Fichter, a former English teacher at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy, was arrested on allegations she had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student at the academy. Investigators said she also admitted to having sex with two other teen at the school.
Before the judge handed down the sentence, he told Ficther that even though the victims were willing participants their age doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a crime.
With a face full of tears, Fichter wanted everyone to know she’s sorry.
“I hate what I have done to y’all,” Fichter said in court on Thursday. “What y’all have gone through because of my actions … I wish that I could take it back. But I can’t, and my words won’t suffice.”
In court, prosecutors highlighted the three cases from the Lakeland school and another incident from an Orlando school where Fichter preyed on a teenager at another school.
The case first came to light when one of the teen’s mother noticed her son’s behavior change. In that case Fichter admitted to getting pregnant by that teenager and getting an abortion.
That teen’s mother spoke in court about how her son and her family are still negatively affected by the inappropriate relationship.
Jennifer Fichter is also facing three charges of unlawful sexual activity with a minor in Hillsborough County because she allegedly committed some of these crimes near the county line of Polk and Hillsborough.