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Florida ex-teacher gets 22 years for sex with three students

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 7/3/2015 JASON SILVERSTEIN

Jennifer Fichter. Lakeland Police Department © Lakeland Police Department Jennifer Fichter. Lakeland Police Department A former Florida teacher was sentenced to 22 years in prison Thursday for having sex dozens of times with three of her students — with one of her trysts leading to her getting an abortion.

"I wish I could go back and remove what I have done," a tearful Jennifer Fichter, 30, said in court Thursday, according to WFTS. "I hate what I have done. I wish I could go back and think about (the victims) before me."

But the parents of the victims remained unforgiving.

"It hurts," one mother told the court. "I saw myself losing my son before my very eyes and there was nothing I could do to reach him."

Fichter had forced her victims, who were all 17 at the time, to lie to their parents about the illegal encounters. She also used aliases when texting the boys to try covering up her sex crimes.

In a recorded phone call played in court, the ex-English teacher admitted to aborting a pregnancy with one of her victims, WTSP reported.

Fichter faced up to 15 years for each of the counts she pleaded guilty to.

She was arrested in April 2014 after admitting to having sex in her truck with a student 20 to 30 times in various parking lots. During their investigation into Fichter, police learned she had also had sex with two other students.

The earliest incident dates back to 2008, when she resigned from a teaching post in Orange County after allegations of inappropriate contact with an 8th grader — only to be hired at Central Florida Aerospace Academy, in a different county, in 2011. She had sex with one student on the school's roof.

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