FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – A former East Allen County Schools teacher was sentenced to four years probation for having sex with a then 15-year-old boy.
Kristi Metzger pleaded guilty to Sexual Misconduct with a Minor, a class B Felony, last month. As part of that plea, Metzger receives a 10 year suspended sentence in addition to her four years of probation. She will also have to register as a sex offender for 10 years but will not be subject to the 1,000 foot rule which prohibits offenders from living within 1,000 feet of parks, schools and youth programs.
Also as part of the plea deal, Metzger, who lived within a mile of the victim, will have to move. She will be able to see her own children but will not be able to be with children younger than 18 who are not her children.
Sarah Roe, the victim’s mother, spoke before the court at sentencing and exclusively with Indiana’s NewsCenter. She says her family was initially ostracized in the community after the initial trial resulted in a hung jury. She says that result led to the downfall of her son’s grades, social life and emotional stability. Roe explained how her son considered suicide and had to be hospitalized on two separate occasions to deal with his depression. Further, she explained that her church’s minister asked that her son not attend the youth programs because the boy made other congregants uncomfortable.
Since the change of plea and eventual sentencing Monday morning, Roe says many people in the community have changed their opinions and now understand the plight of her family. She says her son is also on his way to recovering from the ridicule that he endured.
“He’s not normal, but he’s moved past it and has gotten the help that he’s needed and he’s pretty much over it.”
Roe says relationships she and her family have had in the community are also better now than they were when Metzger’s initial trial took place.
“They have improved dramatically since the guilty verdict was entered.”
Roe says she understands that adults are quick to believe other adults because they are expected to be truthful. She says her small community is beginning to see the bigger picture.
Following sentencing, Metzger also spoke with Indiana’s NewsCenter. While she chose not to speak on camera, Metzger did say that despite her guilty plea, she is innocent of the charges. She says she took the plea because she did not want to drag her family through another legal battle and commented that resources for continued legal representation were also an issue. Metzger says she treated the boy like another member of her family and even parented the boy. Metzger’s husband reiterated those sentiments. Lastly, she also commented that her family has been victimized in this case as well. She said spending time with her children will now be her focus.
Roe said she was not upset that Metzger will not be incarcerated. She said incarceration would not bring back her son’s innocence. Instead, she said the real punishment for Metzger will be having to look into her children’s eyes to explain “why she chose to engage in an adult sexual relationship with a child.”
Roe also commented that she does believe there is a double standard in society when it comes to these types of sex crimes. She says that if her son had been a female, and Metzger a man, that the sentencing probably would have resulted in something harsher.
Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards (R) told Indiana’s NewsCenter following the sentencing that all sex crimes cases are handled the same, regardless of the sex of the accused and the sex of the victim.
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