TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - An ex-teacher will spend three years in prison for having sex with a student.
Former Springfield and Central Catholic High School teacher Kyle McKinch, 28, was sentenced in court Tuesday for having a past relationship and having sex a with a 15-year-old student in his car and home.
He admitted to the crime last year.
McKinch was a well loved teacher, and is a father and husband. He had several supporters in the courtroom including his wife who decided to stand by his side despite the affair.
The judge in courtroom had choice words for McKinch.
"What you did, violated the sanctity of marriage, the moral code you were taught and though you commenced with your criminal behavior which is deplored as a teacher," said the honorable Ruth Ann Franks who was once a teacher herself.
The victim, as well as dozens of letters sent to the judge asked for a sentence of community control rather than prison.
But despite McKinch's support, Judge Franks sentenced him to prison for three years.
"You cant ignore the fact that he was a teacher. Their relationship started as the judge discussed because this child came to him with problems so how that escalated to him taking her to his house we can't accept that as a community," said prosecuting attorney Jenifer Reed.
McKinch made a statement in front of the courtroom.
"I stand before you today as a man who has been broken and has a broken heart. I have let myself down all my family and friends."
As McKinch was placed in cuffs, sobs from his supporters could he heard throughout the the courtroom.
The maximum he could have received was 20 years. After his current sentence is over, McKinch will need to to take part in a nine month work release program and will be on probation for 5 years. If he does not follow these terms, McKinch could face more time in prison.
He will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.