In June of 2014, Jennifer Caswell, a former middle school English teacher from Oklahoma, was arrested in Mississippi on suspicion of statutory rape and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after police found her in a hotel room with a 15-year-old former student. After the arrest, the victim reportedly told police that nothing was happening between him and his teacher — then known by her married name, Jennifer Sexton. But police say he eventually admitted to having several sexual encounters with Caswell, including in her classroom. Authorities in Oklahoma later filed additional charges against her, including three counts of second-degree rape.
In an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil, Caswell speaks out for the first time. How does she describe her relationship with her former student? And how does she explain being found with him in a hotel room 650 miles from their hometown?
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Jennifer Caswell was arrested in June 2014, after police in Mississippi found the former middle school teacher, then 27, and a 15-year-old student in a hotel room. The boy was on vacation visiting his mother, and police say Caswell traveled 650 miles to see him. Her arrest came two months after she resigned her teaching position, amid allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a student.
According to police, the boy initially denied anything was happening, saying Caswell was just a nice teacher. But police say he has since admitted he did
have several sexual encounters with Caswell — in her classroom and her car, among other places.
What might have made a then-married teacher with her own young son do something like this? For the first time ever, Caswell is speaking out.
“I’m not a monster, and I'm not a predator.”
“You know that having sex with a minor is a crime, right?”
“Did you see yourself having a child with him?”
“Was there ever a time when you said, 'I absolutely have to stop this'?”
TUNE IN: Caswell recalls the moment police knocked on the hotel room door. Plus, does she say she would rekindle the relationship with the boy if given the chance?