Lisa Franklin, 45-year-old former substitute teacher from Orange County, New York, who was arrested in March 2013, has been sentenced in Orange County Court to 30 months in prison for second-degree rape of a 12-year-old boy.
Franklin pleaded guilty in December to having sex with a minor boy. She was charged with repeatedly having sex with one of her students from March 12, 2012 through July 12, 2013. At the time the sexual relationship between teacher and student began, Franklin was 44 and the victim was 12. For her sex crimes she was sentenced to 2 ½ years in state prison and 10 years of parole
A final order of protection was issued forbidding Franklin from having any further contact with the victim.
“Those who abuse their position of trust with our children must be held accountable,” said District Attorney David Hoovler. “Students and parents expect teachers to look out for their students’ best interests and to protect them. When someone who is supposed to be a role model and mentor victimizes the very children they are to be protecting, justice demands severe punishment.”
Franklin, of Gerri Court, in the Town of Newburgh, met the teen boy when he was a 12-year-old student at Sacred Heart School in Newburgh, where Lisa Franklin worked as a substitute. Back in February 2013 the boys parents contacted local police and told they found inappropriate text messages on his phone and became concerned about the relationship between their son and older woman.
Franklin was indicted in June 2013 on two counts each of predatory sexual assault on a child and first-degree rape, eleven counts of second-degree rape and several other charges.
The predatory sexual assault on a child charge carries a minimum sentence of 10 years to life in prison, and a maximum of 25 years to life upon conviction.
An investigation determined Lisa Franklin and the boy “were involved in numerous sex acts in multiple jurisdictions”, according to police. Franklin was charged with one count of first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, for an act allegedly committed in the Town of Newburgh, and two counts of second-degree rape, for acts allegedly committed in New Windsor and the City of Newburgh.
Lisa Franklin will begin her prison term immediately. The boy’s family says they have moved out of the county for a fresh start.