BARTOW, Fla. — A former teacher who confessed to sex charges involving three students has been sentenced to 22 years in prison, according to WPTV.
Jennifer Fichter, 30, of Davenport, pleaded guilty to 37 counts of child sex charges.
Fichter was arrested in April 2014 on allegations she had carried on a sexual relationship with one of her students at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy in Lakeland, where she taught English for three years.
On Thursday, she spoke to the victims and their families — and expressed remorse.
“I wish I could go back and remove what I have done,” she said. “I hate what I have done. I wish I could go back and think about them [the victims] before me.”
Evidence released after Fichter’s arrest last year indicated she had sex with the 17-year-old teen dozens of times in her truck, in parking lots, and around Polk and Hillsborough counties.
The mother said she confronted Fichter about her relationship with her son, asking “What does a 17-year-old have for you?”
Fichter reportedly replied by saying that every boyfriend she’s ever had she’s taken care of, and that she loved the victim and wanted them to be together.
Two other male students, both also 17 years old, came forward as victims after Fichter was arrested.