Former teacher pleads guilty

Sarah Y. and Allison A.

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Former Ashland High School teacher, Dr. Kim Siracuse, was sentenced to six months in jail and fined $500 on Friday, Sept. 15. This ended the nearly 2-year long case of three total third-degree felony sexual battery charges that happened 20 years ago. Each of the charges carried a maximum sentence of up to five years.

Siracuse pleaded guilty to a first-degree misdemeanor assault on August 17, 2017. The felonious assault charges were dropped due to the plea deal.

Judge John Good gave Siracuse the maximum sentence for a misdemeanor assault charge. Good continued to call out her actions:

“We expect our teachers to educate our children protect them; not prey on them… Anything less than the maximum jail sentence would be demeaning to the seriousness of your conduct…”

Siracuse was removed from her classroom as a result of the charges on March 4, 2016. She was arrested on September 11 and later resigned from her teaching position on October 2. This took place during Principal Mike Riley’s first year as an administrator at Ashland High School.

“Our position as educators with children is a sacred trust that must be guarded…” said Riley. “Our community is trusting us to have a really complex interface and relationship with students and we must never betray that.”

For more information about the conviction of Siracuse, see the following webpage:

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Former teacher pleads guilty