High School Counselor Sexually Abused Boy Who Had Suicidal Thoughts

Rebecca Sparrow pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a student who was having suicidal thoughts

Cuyahoga Falls, OH – A high school counselor pleaded guilty to sexual battery of a 17-year-old student who was having suicidal thoughts as his parents were going through a divorce.

Rebecca Sparrow, 37, pleaded guilty to the felony charge in November and was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for the 2016 incident, according to the New York Post.

The 17-year-old student was referred to a counselor at Cuyahoga Falls High School, and instead of helping the student, Sparrow had sex with him, according to prosecutors.

“She fully understood what she was doing and the wrongfulness, and continued to do it — over and over and over,” Assistant Prosecutor Felicia Easter said Monday, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Sparrow cried as she apologized in court.

“I’m so sorry for my betrayal and broken trust,” said Sparrow, according to the Columbus Dispatch. “You all expected more from me — and I let you down.”

Summit County Common Pleas Judge Amy Corrigall Jones said that Sparrow’s actions were “perverse.”

Prosecutors said that Sparrow had told the teenager numerous times while she victimized him that she could lose her job and go to jail if anyone found out they were having sex. Sparrow also lied to school officials about the sexual abuse.

Easter said that during an evaluation, Sparrow said it was the student's fault for coming on to her and that he consented to it. She said that because it was the victim's fault, Sparrow believed her punishment should be minimal.

The person who evaluated Sparrow said she didn’t show any empathy or remorse but instead was focused on she had been humiliated, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Mike Callahan, Sparrow’s attorney, said the student was now 20 and sent a letter to the court and didn’t think Sparrow should be incarcerated.

Sparrow was recently divorced and has two young children, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Comments (7)
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Reregirl
Reregirl

2 years? Ridiculous. If the teacher were male he would have gotten at the very least 10 years but probably more. Just wrong.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

WAY too many double standards with these ( now #7?) female perpetrator on underage male victim. If Male perp on underage female you could have added 10 to 15 yrs to the sentence and no one would have questioned it. Why are these women getting away with such light sentences?? How are judges not further challenged and confronted??

Everyone wants equal rights for women right? .........except for those times when its not convenient to do so or its not to their own advantage.

dsmarine
dsmarine

The colleges are failing in MANY ways! History us just one and this example plus others like it say morals too;

Stanracer
Stanracer

Two years?????? A man would have got 15. The double standard continues.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Geez. The school counselor? Why was he suicidal? Was he suicidal because he was a virgin or something and the counselor tried to save his life? lol