TWINSBURG — A Twinsburg High School teacher reportedly confessed to her former father-in-law in August that she had sex with a 17-year-old male student at school, according to a police report released Thursday by the Twinsburg Law Department.
According to the report, Laura V. Bucy, 32, of Akron drove to the man’s home in Doylestown on Aug. 2 and was crying, making “incoherent statements” and asking for forgiveness, the report says. The man's son is Bucy's ex-husband, police said.
The Doylestown man said that Bucy then “stated that she had slept with one of her students,” and left, driving north on Interstate 71 in Cuyahoga County, where she “parked her vehicle in the middle of the road and walked away from it,” according to the report. An Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper located her walking barefoot next to an SUV whose driver had stopped traffic in the right two lanes to prevent her from walking into traffic. The trooper took her to Southwest Hospital in Middleburg Heights for a medical evaluation, an OSP report states.
Bucy, who was arrested Sept. 22, was arraigned Monday in Stow Municipal Court on charges of sexual battery, a third-degree felony, and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, a fifth-degree felony. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before Judge Kim Hoover at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 4.
Bucy was released from jail on a personal recognizance bond Monday. Her attorney was not immediately available for comment.
The Twinsburg Bulletin initially requested the police incident report Sept. 12. It was provided by the Twinsburg Law Department on Thursday.
According to the report, Twinsburg police met with Bucy on Sept. 11 after being contacted by Bucy’s ex-husband on Sept. 6.
Bucy, who began working for Twinsburg City Schools in August 2017, reportedly told officers she met the student during a time when she was feeling overwhelmed by personal matters, that she had a “sexual relationship with a student” and “exchanged compromising photographs” with the student.
“She made a very strong connection with [redacted],” according to the police report.
Bucy reportedly told police the teen would help her clean her classroom, and they started forming a relationship. According to reports, Bucy would allow the student to vape in her office, even purchasing the vaping juice for a student at one time.
Bucy reportedly told police that one day in February or March, the boy came to her classroom after lunch and they had sex.
Police say they spoke to the boy with his parents present, also on Sept. 11, and the boy corroborated what Bucy said for the most part, except he stated that the sexual contact occurred sometime before Christmas. The boy reportedly told police that he was in the pantry helping to clean the classroom when Bucy came up behind him and started kissing him before it escalated into sexual intercourse.
Charges were filed and a warrant issued for Bucy’s arrest on Sept. 12 after she walked out of a facility where she was to spend the next two weeks, with the caveat from the Sept. 11 meeting that police “would be in contact” with her following her release.
According to the police report, Bucy then traveled to Arizona to see her biological father, who contacted Twinsburg police on Sept. 14 to say he was making “every effort” to get his daughter back to Twinsburg.
Bucy then turned herself over to Twinsburg police on Sept. 22.
According to Bucy’s Twinsburg personnel file, Superintendent Kathryn Powers informed Bucy in a Sept. 6 letter that she was ordering her to work from home because she had been absent from work since Aug. 21.
Powers informed Bucy in a Sept. 7 letter that she would have to undergo a fitness-for-duty examination before she could return to work. Then in a Sept. 12 letter, Powers informed Bucy that she was being placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into “a serious matter involving alleged misconduct on school property.”
Bucy reportedly told police that she also had illicit correspondence with another student, though her place of employment when the correspondence with the second student occurred was redacted from the report.
Prior to her employment in Twinsburg, Bucy worked for the Ravenna, Akron and Strongsville school districts.
Prior to that, for brief times, she was a student teacher in the Akron and Springfield districts and a substitute teacher with the Cuyahoga Falls School District.
Reporter Jeff Saunders can be reached at 330-541-9431, firstname.lastname@example.org or @JeffSaunders_RP.