Judge Sentences Former Putnam City Teacher In Rape Case


Monday, July 15th 2013, 4:41 pm
By: News 9


A judge sentenced former Putnam City High School Teacher Lisa Kays to four years in prison.

Prosecutors charged her with three counts of second degree rape and two counts of forcible oral sodomy in 2012 after she was accused of having sex with a 17-year-old student. Prosecutors say Kays had sex with the student on five occasions – twice in her classroom.

Kays pled guilty and asked the judge to consider probation. Instead, Judge Ray Elliott, who is a former high school teacher called her action "disgusting."

In a tearful plea, Kays said," I've learned my lesson and I never intended to hurt anyone." Prosecutors argued, Kays knew what she did wrong at first encounter but continued to have a sexual relationship.

"The first time it happened and then it happened again, and again, and again and she never changed her behavior," Oklahoma County Assistant District Attorney Suzanne Lavenue said .

Kays' defense attorney Billy Bock said his client had hoped for probation but understands the punishment.

"She knows she made a mistake, she is remorseful, and will obviously pay a pretty good price for it," Bock said.

2/14/2012 Related Story: Putnam City High School Teacher Arrested For Statutory Rape

The teacher was hauled off in handcuffs in front of nearly two dozens of her supporters at the sentencing hearing.

"We were blessed to get off that light," Kays dad, Frank Baughus said.

Baughus said his daughter made a mistake.

"She knew better and that she was a great teacher who he was proud of, until now," he said.

The judge sentenced her to 50 years – ten for each of the five counts against her. The judge suspended more than half of that and is allowing her to serve the time concurrently. She will end up serving four years behind bars and will then register as a sex offender. Kays will also loses her teaching license.

Judge Ray Elliott sentenced Lisa Kays in an Oklahoma County courtroom Monday afternoon. Kays, a former teacher with Putnam City Schools was charged with second degree rape and forcible oral sodomy. Kays entered a blind guilty plea Monday.

She was accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student on five different occasions, twice in the classroom.

2/14/2012 Related Story: Putnam City Students Stand Up For Teacher Accused of Rape