A former teacher at a public middle school in Hollis, Okla. appeared on the Dr. Phil show on Tuesday to discuss her intense, weeks-long, two-state romance with a 15-year-old boy.
The teacher, Jennifer Caswell, was 27 years old when the romps occurred, in 2014.
The Huffington Post was all over this groundbreaking story as of the wee hours of Tuesday morning — because Dr. Phil has got himself a HuffPo blog.
The boy was the aggressor, Caswell insisted to Dr. Phil. He constantly flirted with the teacher, complimented her and showered her with affection.
And it worked. One day, Caswell said, she let her guard down and had sex with the boy standing up in right there in the back of her classroom, notes the Daily Mail.
“I should have put a stop to it then, and I didn’t,” Caswell, who taught sixth, seventh and eighth graders said. “I wasn’t used to getting attention. It felt nice to have someone to compliment me and things like that, because I felt very unwanted.”
Caswell felt undesirable, she said, because her seven-year marriage was going badly at the time (when she was known as Jennifer Sexton).
“I never got complimented. Never even got a birthday present, Christmas present, for Valentine’s Day, nothing. I felt really bad about myself,” Caswell told Dr. Phil, choking back tears.
“We didn’t fight, but that’s only because we didn’t talk. It was like living with a roommate,” she explained. “He would come home. He would talk on the phone to his friends for an hour or two, and then he would go to the playroom and play his Xbox until 1 or 2 in the morning.”
They didn’t hug or cuddle.
The unidentified 15-year-boy with whom Caswell had a bunch of sex was way more amorous. He was “mature” and “funny.”
“He would always tell me how beautiful I was and how I was a good person on the inside,” Caswell told Dr. Phil.
After the star-crossed fling came to light, and now that she faces three counts of second-degree rape, the former teacher is totally sad.
“I never thought I’d be in this situation,” she lamented. “I’m not a monster and I’m not a predator. I made a stupid decision.”
As a contemporaneous story in The Oklahoman reported, police arrested Caswell in June 2014 on statutory rape charges when they busted her and the boy in a Best Western motel room in Olive Branch, Miss.
Back in Oklahoma, the local district attorney had mulled charging Caswell for sex with the boy, but he had no hard evidence.
“The child said nothing’s going on. She’s just a nice teacher,” assistant district attorney Eric Yarborough told The Oklahoman.
Caswell also quit her teaching job at some point around the time of the affair.
After the cold busting at the Olive Branch Best Western, the student spilled the beans. He told police he and Caswell had sex in her SUV, in her house and inside the home of her father — a local pastor.
Caswell was going through a divorce with her husband at the time of the sexcapades with the teen student.