NEBRASKA CITY – Former Nebraska City Middle School teacher Emily Lofing was sentenced Monday to two years probation, a $1,000 fine, 240 hours of community service and 90 days in jail on the misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a child.
Investigators said Lofing, 27, had sex with a Weeping Water boy on his 16th birthday in 2016 and County Judge John Steinheider described it Monday as a predatory act.
Steinheider: “You send kids to school, to day care, to Bible school … and you expect them to be treated with respect and be in safe places and you took that away from at least the victim in this instance.”
Prosecutors say Lofing did not have authority over the teen, but had been a former teacher at Weeping Water.
Deputy Otoe County Attorney John Palmtag said he does not see how Lofing can benefit from probation services and asked the court for 180 day incarceration and the maximum fine.
Palmtag: “I would urge the court in this matter to send a strong message to the defendant and send a message to the people of the state that we as a society won’t tolerate these sort of actions by our teachers in the classrooms. We won’t tolerate predatory acts among students.”
Lofing’s attorney Desirae Solomon said Lofing has voluntarily relinquished her teaching certificate and is in the process of change.
She said Lofing’s family history of depression and stress involving her work are clues to her uncharacteristic behavior.
Solomon: “That’s the tragedy of mental illness. It doesn’t know demographics. It doesn’t know race. It doesn’t know age. It doesn’t know education, and, when mental illness strikes, it can sometimes do so without any warning.”
Solomon: “I would characterize it as, your honor, and I think the letters of support also entail that. They speak to a period of time when Ms. Lofing was living a double life. People who have known her for her whole entire life were shocked at this type of behavior.”
Judge Steinheider said Lofing could spend 53 days in jail considering good time allowances. Lofing told the judge she would begin serving her sentence that day.