Norwalk ex-teacher sentenced to probation for sex charges

A former Norwalk teacher avoided prison time, but will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life after a sentencing hearing Monday morning.
Jessica Cuffman
Oct 29, 2012

Alexa Nasonti, 25, convicted of sexual battery for having sex with a student during her first year of teaching, was placed on three years community control and ordered to continue with counseling.

The humiliation she has suffered, the loss of her teaching license and the more than $60,000 in college debt she has to pay back for a degree she can never use again may just be punishment enough, said Sandusky County Common Pleas Judge John Dewey.

"I don't think anyone is going to look at your case and say you had been treated too leniently," he said.

For more on Monday's sentencing hearing, pick up a copy of Tuesday's Register.

Comments

Ithink

My high school spanish teacher dated a girl from the time she was a sophomore until she graduated-then he married her. He is retiring at the end of this school year after more than 30 years of teaching. They are still married. And he should have been labeled a sex offender--this girl should not of been--at least for the rest of her life.

Taxed Enough Already

If this had been a male teacher and a female student he would have been hung out to dry and no one would have given a rat's rear end about his student loans. This is pathetic at best.

Centauri

@Taxed Enough Already,

Frugalspender pointed a male teacher at EHOVE who had sex with a few female high school students. So tell me why this male teacher was never charged?

Frugalspender was banned a few months ago because she told the truth perhaps?

ragtop66

The same reason this woman's relative the coach wasn't charged years ago, when he was a young teacher, back then it was covered up and hushed up but everyone knew it was going on.

Darwin's choice

If she would have murdered him, served a sentence of 25 years, and paroled, she wouldn't have to register..........

phroggy

I don't know about anyone else, but if I were her student, I'd have hit it too.

Second Opinion

The fairness of the law isn't what I'm questioning, what I question is the fairness of the judicial system as a whole.

Judge, would you say this if it was a male who committed this crime against a young 17 year old female? I DOUBT IT!

The Reflector reported the her lawyer, Ken Bailey stated:
""I understand some people look at this and say a female should be treated just the same as a male, but really, it's different," Bailey said. "She is very remorseful and I know a lot of people say they are, but she really is."

I stand by my post there, this statement is liberal and sexiest in nature. No men can be remorseful Mr Bailey?

Lets be honest here, if a male does anything sexual there's a cry to cut everything off, but if a women does it then the judges make excuses as to why they don't punish her as the would a man. There was also a study that proved that good looking women who commit sexual crimes are given favor over those who aren't so attractive. So much for justice being blind! Maybe all male judges should have to wear blind folds for those trials that involve females!

this 'judgement' was a mockery of the very definition of the word.

24productions

I'm not sure whether or not the student suffered any repercussions or not, but as it stands from the S.R., not. Now, how many students might confuse this as being an acceptable action, as long as your the student? And then, even further in their lives, might this desensitize the reality of accountability for their own actions...are we handing out get out of jail free cards now, for anyone who can make the judge smile?...it's no wonder at all that just about no-one has fear of the law, and what it "can" hold one accountable for...anyone else find all these "walkers" to be as discerning as I?

Brett123

The question is "Is a teacher given a role in our society that demands a special trust and a higher standard of personal responsibility?" If you say NO then a crime has not been committed. This situation is no different than a police officer who extorts or a judge who favors. There are positions in our society that demand a higher sense of personal responsibility and moral character.
Parents send their kids to school and hopefully should expect them to be safe. I'm also not so naive to think this "kid" has been victimized by this but as a school tax payer and parent this stuff has no place in a school.
No one force this person to become a teacher but she accepted the position and all that comes with it. If you don't want to be held to a higher standard then don't become a teacher, judge, doctor, police officer, military member, clergy or any number of other jobs where good moral character and behavior are necessary.
Yes this person is young and made poor choices but none the less choices she has to live with.

TuffNutts2011

Shes still hot.

TuffNutts2011

Doesn't anyone realized that under ohio law if she wasn't a teacher this would have been legal?

entitled to my ...

Doesn't matter-the facts are SHE WAS A TEACHER! And a few months ago, Judge Dewey sentenced a woman to 6 months in jail for stealing around $350. Why wasn't Nasonti given jail time? Especially when the prosecuter recommended some jail time? Seems like Dewey has something against thieves, but is ok with sexual predators. I'm just sayin-doesn't seem right......

Julie R.

At least Dewey has something against thieves --- Eeerie County sure doesn't!

MR ANGRY

Where the heck was all these hor ney teachers when I was in school ?

DGMutley

Society would have been better served had Judge Dewey placed her in a diversion program.

JUST US FOR LIBERTY

I believe it should be the 17 year old's oppinion if he was a victim or not. The court system conveniently makes under 18 years of age people THEIR choice of adult or minor to the legal system's own advantage, not the ones involved. The pursuit of "victimless" crimes are ruining law enforcement, the court system, over crowding prisons and making honest harmless people criminals. This is not about boys, girls, men or women. It's about two consenting individuals very close in age, no one else. Look around our entire nation and see those who should be behind bars out and committing crimes day after day, hour after hour ripping lives to pieces. If the American public doesn't wake up to this soon, half of their own family will be prisoners. There must be a VICTIM to constitute a crime. You can't protect someone from themselves and their own folly. I have no doubt that the ones who started the U.S.A. are turning over in their graves from our freedoms being surpressed. I suggest her next step be to M&M next to the bay to regain her dignity stolen and punish the real criminals.

DGMutley

Excellent post, JUST US FOR LIBERTY.

Ms. Nassonti is hardly a child molester or a sexual predator who needs to be monitored for life. She didn't break the law had she not been a teacher. She can't re-offend--her teaching profession has been taken away from her; so what is the point in having her register in person with the sheriff every 3 months for the rest of her life--the next 70 years?

DickTracey

When I commented on this story on April 20, I said she would have over $60,000 in college debt to repay. You fellow commenters called me crazy. Well looks like I was right.The only thing I was wrong about was that I said she was going to prison. I still think if she were a "he" she would have gone.

DickTracey
Fri, 04/20/2012 - 12:12pm
Many of you are quite niave, I see.

This girl, not only ruined her life, she ruined her parents.

In an attempt to lesson her prison time, they will have to cash in their 401k and get a second mortage, to be able to go out and hire a good lawyer. Not to keep her out of prison,because she is definately going, but to try to lesson the amount of time in prison.

This young girl has accumulated close to $60,000 in college loans, that will not be able to be paid back, since she will first, be locked up and second, will never get a job making that much money to pay them back

Kasey

How dumb can you be. She knew what she was getting into. As a teacher myself I was disgusted by the text messages - I don't even speak that way with my significant other through text, let alone a student! What a waste of an education. If this was a male teacher, he'd have done prison time. Like many have said, she's only sorry that she got caught. She's a pretty lady, could she not find someone her own age instead of falling for a 17 year old? For this, yes, she does deserve to register as a sex offender - just think, it'd be demanded by the public had she been a "he". Paying back loans isn't a punishment - it's a responsibility. Wish I could go commit a crime, like rob a store for some new clothes, and get off with "well, the poor gal has to pay back college debt!" This is exactly why I add NONE of my students on Facebook, my profile is private as they can get, and students can only contact me through school email - not through cell phone! I feel no pity for this woman for ruining her life - a young boy just isn't worth it! What a disappointment.

DGMutley

Ms. Nasonti has 30 days to appeal this conviction even though she has pleaded guilty.

The reason she should appeal is because what she admitted to was not actually a crime.

The only statute that applies in this case is 2907.03 (7):
"The offender is a teacher, administrator, coach, or other person in authority employed by or serving in a school for which the state board of education prescribes minimum standards pursuant to division (D) of section 3301.07 of the Revised Code, the other person is enrolled in or attends that school, and the offender is not enrolled in and does not attend that school."

If she was not his teacher and they didn't attend the same school then she has committed no crime.

starryeyes83

@ dude i roc.... don't have a clue what you're talking about I haven't been in my twenties for several years , so then your comment is wasted on me.

Centauri

DGMutley states: "The only statute that applies in this case is 2907.03 (7):
"The offender is a teacher, administrator, coach, or other person in authority employed by or serving in a school for which the state board of education prescribes minimum standards pursuant to division (D) of section 3301.07 of the Revised Code, the other person is enrolled in or attends that school, and the offender is not enrolled in and does not attend that school."

The state of Ohio does or does not follow what the law states. The powers that be use the law, twist it around and to their own advantage.

Centauri

Anybody recall the retired Sandusky Register's publisher's court case of giving herpes to a little boy? That case was hushed up.

Centauri

The United States is no longer the land of the free. I have been to other countries that offer much more freedom. Become informed and travel to other countries to see for yourself.

The United States land of the free? Perhaps the citizens have become indoctrinated?

http://www.aol.com/video/teen-st...

rsgabby1

I think that sex offenders reg. is not currently working you seen Clinton couldn't be arrested after that 17 year old reported that he raped her because she wouldn't press charges so what good did it do for him to register also every time i look on line they want to charge me to see who in my area is registered maybe I'm doing something wrong I don't know

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