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Jurors sent home; prosecutor says teacher accused of sex had ‘words and actions of guilt’

UPDATE @5:30 p.m.:

Jurors deliberated for about 90 minutes Thursday afternoon before being sent home for the night in a case involving a former Miamisburg teacher accused of sexual battery involving a student.

They will resume deliberations at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

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UPDATE @3:56 p.m.:

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Jurors now are deliberating in the case of a former Miamisburg Middle School teacher accused of six charges of sexual battery and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Jessica Langford, 32, is suspected of having sex with an eighth-grade student in her classroom before the last day of school in May 2017.

Jurors sent home in teacher sex case

Defense lawyers argued the teen lied to the jury today when testified what happened.

The teen told jurors Langford told him to “stick to the story”about helping her stack chairs and desks before class after a principal knocked on Langford’s locked door that morning.

Prosecutors said Langford’s actions and words, in her text messages, are “words and actions of guilt.”

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UPDATE @2:51 p.m.:

Jurors today heard a teenage boy say he had sex with a Miamisburg Middle School teacher in her classroom behind a closed and locked door.

Lawyers for Jessica Langford, 32, of Centerville, say the teen lied and the jury should find her not guilty of sexual battery.

Prosecutors told jurors that Langford brought the student into her classroom, turned the lights off, locked the door, then told student to hide when there was a knock at the door.

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Langford’s actions and words, in her text messages, are “words and actions of guilt,” prosecutors told jurors.

The judge will give the jury instructions, and soon Langford’s fate will be in their hands.

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UPDATE @2:25 p.m.:

Jessica Langford’s attorney told jurors that “reasonable doubt exists” and that his client should be found not guilty of charges related to accusations that she had sex with a student last year in her middle school classroom.

Attorney Lawrence Greger argued the case comes down to a credibility test on the victim, and he claimed they can’t believe the teen student because he told multiple stories.

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The student should not be believed because he lied about too many things, Greger said.

He also confronted the school security video prosecutors emphasized in the trial, noting that Langford didn’t have a hair out of place when she left her classroom after an alleged 30 minutes of sexual activity.

UPDATE @2:11 p.m.

Prosecutors used closing arguments to tell jurors that former teacher Jessica Langford is the only one on trial, accused of six counts relating to alleged sexual contact with an eighth-grade Miamisburg Middle School student last year.

Prosecutors also said Langford “can’t hide from the video” that shows her alone in the classroom with the student, who today testified that he had sex with the teacher in her classroom with her door locked before school started.

UPDATE @1:58 p.m.:

Prosecutors and defense lawyers debated which exhibits get entered into evidence in a case of a former Miamisburg Middle School teacher accused of having sex with a student in her classroom last year.

Jurors were not present as lawyers and the judge talked about evidence. Court resumed after a lunch break.

Prosecutors ended their case today shortly after testimony from the teen who said he and Jessica Langford had sex on the final day of school last year.

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The defense then rested its case without calling a witness and after asking Judge Timothy O’Connell to dismiss the charges. The judge declined, and he requested jurors be returned to the court for closing arguments.

UPDATE @12:07 p.m.:

The president of the Miamisburg teachers union said Jessica Langford asked him if she resigned her teaching job, would she still have to answer the district’s questions about being alone with a student in her classroom before school began.

After Jason Curry, union president, testified, the prosecution rested its case against Langford, accused of having sex with an eighth-grade boy in her classroom the last day of school in May 2017.

RELATED: Sex-with-student cases swamp area schools

UPDATE @11:40 a.m.:

A teenager who said he had sex with a middle school teacher told her defense lawyer today he initially “didn’t want to throw her under the bus” when denying their relationship.

The teen completed his testimony just minutes ago.

UPDATE @11:15 a.m.:

The teen who today testified he had sex with teacher Jessica Langford in her classroom on May 23, 2017, described it detail.

“We started kissing and it escalated from there,” he told jurors.

He said he had oral sex and intercourse with Langford in her Miamisburg Middle School classroom, and he described her underwear.

“We were having sex for about 20 to 30 minutes, and time was running out” before the start of the last day of school, the teen testified.

After a principal came to the classroom door, “Mrs. Langford tells me to hide under the desk,” the teen said.

He answered prosecution questions for about an hour and so far has been questioned by the defense for about 25 minutes.

UPDATE @10:50 a.m.:

After a student testified that he had sex with a teacher in her Miamisburg classroom, defense lawyers are now questioning the student about his previous denials of a relationship.

The lawyer for Jessica Langford, who resigned from her Miamisburg Middle School job last year, asked the student what he told school officials and investigators in the days after the alleged incident. Langford’s lawyer said the teen repeatedly told investigators that nothing wrong happened.

UPDATE @10:41 a.m.:

A teenager who said today he had sex with a Miamisburg Middle School teacher in her classroom last year testified that he lied to people initially about the incident because he did not want to get the teacher in trouble.

He spent nearly 50 minutes on the witness stand, questioned by prosecutors, and now is facing questions from the defense for former teacher Jessica Langford, 32, who has resigned.

UPDATE @10:24 a.m.: 

A student testified today that a principal knocked on the locked classroom door just after he and a Miamisburg Middle School teacher had sex.

The student, now a freshman, said the teacher told him to hide under her desk and then to “stick to the story” that he was stacking chairs and desks as the school year was ending.

Jessica Langford, 32, of Centerville, resigned from her teaching job last year. She faces multiple criminal counts in her trial this week.

UPDATE @10:17 a.m.:

A student testified today that a former Miamisburg Middle School teacher arranged to meet him before school in her classroom, brought doughnuts, began to kiss him, then engaged in sex with him.

Langford’s lawyer this week told jurors the teenager multiple times previously has denied having sexual contact.

The teen — a son of a local police officer — said he met Langford in her classroom on the last day of school, a Tuesday in May 2017. Langford was not the teen’s teacher.

Today the teen said Langford brought doughnuts, and he ate a couple. They were only people in classroom, he said, adding that Langford began to kiss him and the two of them then engaged in sex for, in his words, “20-30 minutes.”

UPDATE @10:08 a.m.:

A teen student who allegedly had sex with a teacher in her Miamisburg Middle School classroom today said he arrived to school on the Monday morning before school was to end later than he planned, and the teacher told him if he had been there earlier, they “could have done things.”

The student, an eighth-grader in May of 2017, said that day he and Jessica Langford just talked.

Langford, who resigned, faces multiple charges relating to accusations that she and the teenager had sex in her classroom.

UPDATE @9:55 a.m.:

Prosecutors have called the alleged victim to the stand in the case of a former Miamisburg teacher accused of having sex with the student.

The teen is a freshman now and was an eighth-grade student at Miamisburg Middle School at the time of incident. He said he first came to know former teacher Jessica Langford on a school trip to Washington, D.C.

The teen testified that Langford added him to her Snapchat social media and he told her he wanted to have sex with her.

RELATED: Police officer warned son to stay away from Ex-Miamisburg teacher accused of sex crimes

EARLIER:

The alleged victim is expected to testify this morning in the trial of a former Miamisburg teacher accused of having sex with a student.

Prosecutors say the student – 14 at the time the charges were leveled - will take the stand today and tell how he was involved with Jessica Langford on May 23, 2017, his last day as an eighth-grader at Miamisburg Middle School.

The father of the teen testified Wednesday, telling the jury of eight men and four women that on the morning the student and teacher are alleged to have sex, he told his son in a text to stay away from the teacher.

But later, the man said, his son told him the teen had sex with the teacher.

Langford, 32, of Centerville, was indicted in November on three counts of sexual battery and three counts of unlawful sexual contact with a minor. She pleaded not guilty to all charges and has been free on her own recognizance.

Langford’s attorney said the student involved — now 15 — has repeatedly denied having sex with Langford.

Prosecutors contend Langford had sex with the teen before school on May 23, when they say the two were alone in Langford’s locked Miamisburg Middle School classroom.

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