Teacher Stephanie Ragusa Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Sex With Students

The other victim, who is 16, had sex with Ragusa about 20 times, authorities said. The encounters continued even after she had been arrested and told to stay away from him. Assistant state attorney Rita Peters said Ragusa bought the boy clothing, named him executor of her will and professed her love in a letter that the state obtained.

A psychiatrist who evaluated Ragusa testified that she has bipolar and borderline personality disorders and is on antipsychotic medication. Ragusa told the court she is on five different medications. Borderline personality disorder manifests itself in delusions of grandeur and impulsive, risky behavior.

In April, she pleaded guilty to three counts of lewd and lascivious battery.

Before sentencing, Ragusa wept as she told the court that she took "full responsibility" for her actions.

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"I'm sincerely sorry for the pain and aggravation I have caused to the victims and their families," she said.

Ragusa has spent two years in jail. She would have faced 22 to 45 years in prison had a jury found her guilty of all the charges.

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