• Lakeland teacher pleads guilty to 37 sex-related counts


    LAKELAND, Fla. - A former Lakeland teacher will be sentenced in July after pleading guilty to 37 child sex charges with three teenage students.

    The Lakeland Ledger reports that 30-year-old Jennifer Fichter of Davenport is expected to be sentenced July 2 by Circuit Judge Glenn Shelby.

    Each charge of the unlawful sexual activity with a minor carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

    Fichter initially was arrested in April 2014, on allegations she had carried on a sexual relationship with one of her students at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy in Lakeland, where she had taught English for three years.

    Two more teenage victims — both 17-year-old male students of Fichter — came forward following news reports of her arrest.

    Fichter also faces charges in Hillsborough County.


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