Former Catholic school teacher gets jail time for sexually assaulting 2 female students

Randi Lynn Zurenko | Perry County (Pa.) Sheriff's Office

A former teacher at a Catholic school in Pennsylvania was sentenced to prison after she pleaded guilty to having sexual relations with two of her female teenaged students.

Randi Zurenko, 33, of Millerstown, a married woman with five children was a teacher at Bishop McDevitt in Wyncote, Pa. The school once praised her as one of the most “inspiring” teachers at the academy, according to Penn Live.

Zurenko pleaded guilty to institutional sexual assault, unlawful contact with minors, corruption of minors, possessing child pornography and disseminating obscene materials to minors. She faces 11 ½ to 23 months in prison as well as four years of probation and 500 hours of community service. She also has to register as a sex offender for 25 years in the state of Pennsylvania.

Zurenko’s lawyer asked Dauphin County President Judge Richard A. Lewis to grant her leniency and said she was “truly in love with her victims.”

“I am ashamed to be here,” Zurenko told Lewis. “I have never coerced anyone. I have never taken advantage of anyone.”

“I’m asking you today for grace and mercy and to take my children into consideration when you determine my sentence,” Zurenko said.

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