GOSHEN - Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler today announced that Lisa Franklin, 45, of Newburgh, was sentenced on March 6, 2014, to 2 ½ years in state prison, and 10 years post-release supervision, in connection with her repeatedly having had sex with a 12-year-old boy in 2012 and 2013. Franklin, a former teacher at Sacred Heart School in Newburgh, had pleaded guilty to Rape in the Second Degree on December 10, 2013.
Franklin was charged by an Orange County Grand Jury with repeatedly engaging in sexual intercourse with one of her students from March 12, 2012, through July 12, 2013. At the time Franklin began the sexual relationship with the child she was 44, and the victim was 12 years old. At the request of the District Attorney’s Office, a Final Order of Protection was issued by County Court Judge Nicholas DeRosa which forbids Franklin from having any further contact with the child victim.
"Those who abuse their position of trust with our children must be held accountable," said District Attorney 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. I am gratified that the Court agreed with our recommendation that this defendant be sentenced to state prison. Hopefully this sentence will deter others who might be tempted to victimize children in their care."
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the Town of New Windsor Police Department for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution of this case.
The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Michael Milza. District Attorney Hoovler commended Mr. Milza for his work on this case.