A former South Buffalo Charter School Teacher will serve fouryears in prison for the statutory rape of a male student who was 14years old at the time.
Cara Dickey said, "I know that no other words to express myregret other than I'm sorry."
An emotional Cara Dickey, a mother of three, asked the Judgeto give her a chance to prove she can be the good woman she oncewas.
"My actions during that time do not define my character that isnot who I am," said Dickey.
The 30 year old had already confessed to sleeping with one ofher students, twice.
Police say she gave the 14-year-old rum, tylenol and nyquilas part of a suicide pact.
The victim's father, with tears rolling down his face andbarely able to speak, told the Judge the former teacher has causedhis family devastating pain.
The victim's father said, "You know cara, you're a very selfishperson, okay, what you did to our child. You do understand that?"
The prosecutor read a statement from his son who is now15.
He says Dickey's actions have scarred him for life.
"This lady is sick and selfish and she really had me not evencaring about anyone but her," read the prosecutor.
Justice John Michalski said, " Your despicable actions must bepunished appropriately."
In addition to her 4 year prison term, Dickey can never teachin New York State again.
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