A former Ohio superintendent has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting two of her former students while she was a school principal.

Laura Amero, former superintendent for the Windham school district, claimed that mental health issues made her commit the acts against the students.

‘I am so sorry, and I am so sorry from the bottom of my heart to the kids,’ said the Austintown resident as she read her apology letter to Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman.

But Pittman had a hard time taking the mental health excuse from the former educator.

“I am so sorry, and I am so sorry from the bottom of my heart to the kids,” Amero, 35, of Austintown, said, as she read from her apology letter during her sentencing.

But Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman wanted to know why she did it.

Amero said she thought the issues stemmed from mental health problems, but Pittman wasn’t buying it.

“I can’t understand how this keeps happening with teachers, principals, superintendents,” Pittman said, referring to general cases of sexual misconduct between teachers and students. “You know you’re going to get caught.”

Pittman ordered Amero to report to prison on April 1, but since Amero is pregnant and due to give birth in the middle of March, she said, she would allow for more time if needed so the baby is not born in prison.

The victims did not make statements during the hearing. Pittman said she had received written statements from them.

Amero resigned from her position as Windham superintendent in June 2019 after she was arrested in April. She began her term as superintendent on Feb. 1, 2019.

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