A former teacher convicted in 2012 of having sex with a Paradise School for Boys student was back in court Thursday, where a York County judge called the woman's life a train wreck.
Kimberly Jo Larkin, 43, violated her probation by drinking alcohol, presiding Common Pleas Judge Craig T. Trebilcock determined.
He sentenced Larkin to time-served to 23 months in York County Prison, ordered her to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and said he wants her court-ordered sex-offender counseling sessions to also help her with her "self-destructive" tendencies.
"Your life has become a train wreck," he said. "This is your last chance. I want you to get your life back together."
Jailed 4 months: Larkin has been in York County Prison since Jan. 14 for the violation. Trebilcock said she can be released immediately.
The judge ordered her to live with her stepfather in Gettysburg for at least four months, despite Larkin's request she be allowed to return to Maryland.
Crying and shaking, Larkin told the judge she drank "to numb the pain from the incident," meaning her criminal case.
"The whole incident has worn me down emotionally," she said, then beseeched the judge to allow her to move back to Maryland and back with her two adult children.
"They have been through more than they possibly deserve," Larkin said, adding she is all they have.
But Trebilcock told Larkin she can't help her children until she gets her own alcohol issues and self-destructive behavior under control.
"You're the person doing this to your kids," he said.
Drank alcohol: Larkin went to a probation appointment while under the influence of alcohol, admitted to drinking four beers on another occasion, and her probation officer found a bottle of vodka in her home, Thursday's hearing revealed.
Her probation-violation petition stated she blames her victim for her conviction and refuses to accept responsibility for her actions against the boy.
Larkin's attorney, George Swartz II, said when he asked Larkin why she showed up for a probation appointment while under the influence, she told him she has an alcohol problem.
"What she's really looking for here is help," Swartz said.
"She's been her own worst enemy," Trebilcock said, adding Larkin has engaged in "a level of conduct where she's almost punishing herself for something."
The background: Northern York County Regional Police said Larkin had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy while he was still her student at Paradise School for Boys.
Larkin didn't dispute having sex with the teen, but she maintained the relationship began after he was no longer her student.
The young man testified he and Larkin first had sexual intercourse prior to his permanently leaving the residential school on June 4, 2010.
Jurors apparently believed Larkin, because they took less than three hours to acquit her of institutional sexual assault, a third-degree felony that requires some sort of institutional relationship between defendant and victim, such as teacher and student, or prison guard and inmate.
Misdemeanors: The jury instead convicted Larkin of corrupting a minor and furnishing alcohol to a minor, both misdemeanors. The corruption conviction bans her from teaching for the rest of her life, her trial attorney said at the time.
Larkin had worked for Lincoln Intermediate Unit No. 12 as a special-education teacher for nearly a decade when she was charged. She subsequently resigned.
Although she was employed by the LIU, she worked with students at Paradise School for Boys.
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