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Former Putnam City teacher is sentenced to four years for sex with student

Former Putnam City High School Spanish teacher Lisa M. Kays pleaded guilty to charges of rape and oral sodomy stemming from the encounters with a male student, then a 17-year-old junior.
by Tim Willert Modified: July 15, 2013 at 9:14 pm •  Published: July 16, 2013

A former Putnam City High School Spanish teacher was thinking only about feeling good when she had sex with a male student she was trusted to protect, a judge said Monday before sentencing her to four years in prison and six years probation.

Lisa M. Kays, 48, of Yukon, pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree rape and two counts of forcible oral sodomy stemming from five encounters in 2011 and 2012 with a 17-year-old junior.

She tearfully asked Oklahoma County District Judge Ray C. Elliott to show mercy by sending her home instead of to prison.

“I realize that I'm to blame for my actions,” Kays said. “And I promise you that I have been punished for my actions. I have lost everything that I worked for.”

Prosecutors recommended a 15-year sentence for Kays with all but the first eight years suspended.

Assistant District Attorney Suzanne Lavenue said Kays groomed the victim, who contemplated suicide, and violated him in her classroom and in a car in front of his parents' house.

“She basically used her classroom as a hotel room,” the prosecutor told the judge.

The student played football and participated in student government, Lavenue said.

In addition to six years probation, Kays must register as a sex offender.

Defense attorney Billy Bock asked the judge to suspend the entire sentence because his client had a consensual relationship and shouldn't be considered a sexual predator.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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