A FEMALE teacher who romped with a teenage girl dodged jail because “they’re in love”‘.

Jennifer Walsh, 27, had a sexual relationship with her 17-year-old student between May and August 2018.

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Jennifer Walsh was given one year of probation for having a sexual relationship with a student at Sycamore High School

The special education teacher at Sycamore High School, Ohio, faced up to 18 months in jail.

But Judge Jody Luebbers handed her a lenient sentence because the student professed her love.

The pupil, who has not been named, said: “I know in my heart that I am completely in love with this woman without a doubt.”

Judge Luebbers then allowed Walsh to plead to a low-level felony, defence lawyer Stew Matthews confirmed.

According to Mathews : “That closer look (at the charge) was spurred by Judge Luebbers, who’s compassionate and has a huge heart.”

The judge said the student, who is now 18, was not actually a student at the school Walsh taught at.

Although she did attend the school while Walsh worked there.

Walsh was given one year of probation.

Judge Luebbers added: “She had very nice things to say to you and I think she loves you and wants to have a relationship with you.

“I thought it was very interesting that (the detective) stated on the record that this unusual case he thought was love. I’ve never heard an officer say that before either.”

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Walsh was a special education teacher at Sycamore High School in Ohio
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Walsh had a sexual relationship with the student from May to August last year

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