October 24, 2014

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Former Brunswick teacher gets 3 years for sex with student

MEDINA — The former Brunswick Schools teacher who was convicted last month of having sex with an eighth-grade student in 2009 was sentenced this morning to 3 years in prison.

After a five-day trial in February, Kelly Covic, 36, of Brunswick Hills, was convicted of sexual battery for having sex with one student. She was also found guilty of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for giving another student alcohol.

Former Brunswick Schools' teacher Kelly Covic cries during her sentencing hearing today in Medina County Common Pleas Court. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY MARIA KACIK KULA)

Former Brunswick Schools' teacher Kelly Covic cries during her sentencing hearing today in Medina County Common Pleas Court. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY MARIA KACIK KULA)

The sexual battery conviction related to a boy who testified he had sex with Covic when he was 14 years old in 2009. Now 16, the boy said he went to Covic’s home between 30 and 40 times over a period of a few months in the spring and summer of 2009. He said he had sex with her once.

Three co-workers of Covic also testified she admitted to doing something “inappropriate” with the boy. One of them said Covic specifically admitted she had sex with him.

The issue came to light when Brunswick Schools administrators were told in August 2009 of a potential sexual relationship between Covic and a student. The school started an internal investigation and notified Brunswick Hills Policeshortly after.

Covic was acquitted on two counts of sexual battery involving another student, who also testified in February. That boy said he visited Covic’s home five or six times, having sex with her on one visit and oral sex with her on another.

The boy also testified that he sent Covic a series of text messages one night, demanding $4,000 in exchange for his silence in the matter. Covic never gave him the money and the incident was not reported to the police until after an investigation into Covic’s actions began.

Covic also was acquitted on two counts of child endangering, first-degree misdemeanors. She was accused of leaving her two young children at home alone while she picked up and dropped off the teenagers.

She has maintained her innocence and insists that the two former students that testified they had sex with her were lying. Prior to today’s sentencing, Covic said she regrets sending text messages to those students and loaning one of them about $200.

“My goal was to be a trusting person that they would have respect for me. But instead of being a friend, I should have stayed professional and maintained my teacher status,” she said.

Contact Maria Kacik Kula at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@medina-gazette.com.