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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

“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. has disabled the comments for this article.
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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