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.
“If she had met this person somewhere other than school it would have been legal,” Bock said.
The judge, a former high school teacher, told Kays she knew better when she committed the crimes. He said she was “selfish and self-centered” and overlooked her responsibilities as a teacher to “feel good.”
“You violated that trust in one of the worse possible ways,” Elliott said. “You were there to teach, not fornicate. Your actions were disgusting.”
Neither the victim nor Kays' ex-husband, who divorced her after 26 years of marriage, appeared in court.
Three of the encounters occurred in Kays' classroom after school, authorities said. The other two encounters were in a vehicle, once outside of the victim's home in Kays' car and a second time in the parking garage of Deaconess Hospital, court records show.
The student said the encounters occurred between September 2011 and January 2012.
Outside court, Kays' father expressed disappointment with his daughter, who taught at Putnam City High School for 10 years.
“She did know better. She was a great teacher. I was proud of her all of her life until now,” Frank Baugus said.