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Posted on: August 2, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Ex-Teacher who Sexually Abused 2 Students Gets no Break on Minimum Prison Term


A former Lancaster County high school teacher convicted of sex abuse of students got no relief from her minimum prison term at a resentencing hearing this week in county court.

Christy Lee Smith, now 39, was granted a resentencing hearing because her previous sentence – 14 to 30 years – involved a mandatory minimum. Mandatory minimum sentences in such cases have since been deemed unconstitutional.

On Monday, Lancaster County President Judge Dennis Reinaker ordered a prison term of 14 to 28 years for the former teacher at McCaskey High School.

Assistant District Attorney James Reeder asked the judge to order a sentence in the high end of state guidelines.

Smith, who appeared via video conference, said little, and offered no remorse for sex abuse of two county students between 2008 and 2010, according to Reeder.

Smith was originally convicted at trial in 2012, and sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison. That conviction was overturned; she was convicted two years later and sentenced to 14 to 30 years.

Assistant District Attorney Karen Mansfield prosecuted the case.

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