Laura Amero Update 2021
Laura Amero, the former superintendent of Windham Exempted Village Schools, has been in the spotlight for a lot of reasons. From her tumultuous tenure to her subsequent arrest for sexual battery, she has been under fire at the highest levels of government. In the wake of her latest arrest, it seems her time is limited. Despite her attempts to downplay the incident, her name still appears on police radars. As of late, she’s been on house arrest and awaiting a possible sentence from a court that has yet to materialize.
She was accused of engaging in the trifecta of sexual acts with two teenage boys at her office, one of which she claimed to be a friend of the family. While she denies any wrongdoing, she does admit to being the subject of a sex-related video that circulated around her school. A concerned parent contacted authorities after seeing the clip. The officer asked if there was anything amiss and the two were questioned further. At which point, Amero made the decision to resign in order to avoid prosecution. However, the officer did warn that she could face a lot more jail time than she had initially bargained for.
A Portage County judge decided to up the ante, handing down the maximum incarceration sentence to her. Not only was she handed a 10 year sentence, but she was also ordered to register as a sex offender, pay a $500 fine and undergo electronic monitoring. Her sentencing was delayed until April, a good thing given that she is due to give birth on April 5. Of course, if she can make it through her pregnancy, she’ll likely be eligible for parole by the end of the month.
Ultimately, she was found guilty on all charges. For the most part, the details of her case were tawdry. But it is worth noting that her attorney did a decent job of making his case. In addition to pointing out that the “Mirror” was a tad dated, he argued that he should have been able to nab a lesser prison sentence. He also said that while he could not give the woman a clean bill of health, he would likely recommend her to the DOC. This is in line with his previous statement that she was probably a better candidate for probation than a prison sentence.
Nonetheless, the case remains on the front burner. Even with the maximum penalty she faced, the odds of a successful parole are low. In any event, her sentence is the minimum of her crimes and the minimum of the penalties that are possible. Hopefully, she will be able to take her newfound freedom and use it to improve her life. Although she is not allowed to drive, she is paying for electronic monitoring. According to a recent newspaper article, she has even hired an attorney to help navigate the bureaucracy. It’s unclear whether she’ll be able to find a job in the future, but that’s another story.