Ending a case even the judge called “monstrously tragic,” a veteran Oklahoma teacher convicted of raping two 16-year-old male students was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday.
In a tearful courtroom testimony, Michelle McCutchan, 40, said the sexual abuse she suffered as a child drove her to engage in abusive sexual relationships with the high-school students as an adult, according to local reports.
“There’s no one in this room that can hate me more than I hate myself,” McCutchan said.
One defense witness and psychosexual expert, Richard Kishur, said McCutchan was in need of counseling that she simply could not get in prison, according to the Enid News.
But the former middle school teacher’s psychological plight received little sympathy from Associate District Judge James Pratt.
McCutchan’s history of abuse was no excuse for her to “create more victims,” Pratt reportedly told her.
“We’re not in the business of providing you with treatment you could have gotten elsewhere,” he said.
Wednesday, according to Pratt, was the first time McCutchan had even mentioned remorse for the teens she raped, the Tulsa World reported.
McCutchan had even testified that if her sexual escapades with students had not been found out by her husband, she would have continued with them.
Last month, McCutchan was convicted of rape, sodomy, child neglect, and providing alcohol to minors.
She was ultimately sentenced to fifteen years for two counts of second-degree rape, ten years for two counts of sodomy, fifteen years for child neglect, and five consecutively running years for three counts of providing minors alcohol.
The charges will run concurrently. They are within Oklahoma’s 85 percent rule, so McCutchan must remain in prison nearly 13 years before she is eligible for parole, according to the Enid News.